Thanks to their simplicity and prevalence, comics characters are some of the most easily recognizable figures around the world. In fact, thanks to their ubiquitousness, it’s easy to forget that certain long-running comics haven’t always looked the way they look now. Just because cartoon characters don’t age doesn’t mean they don’t change!
This #TransformationTuesday, we rounded up five of our favorite character transformations in comics.
1. Frazz (Frazz by Jef Mallett)
Everyone’s favorite golden-hearted janitor looks much the same as he did 15 years ago, but with a slightly different haircut and a broader forehead. One thing that’s consistently different in the strip: The T-shirt Frazz wears under his coveralls.
2. Brain (The Awkward Yeti by Nick Seluk)
Before Heart and Brain became breakout stars, Brain was just a humble, grayish-pink organ who liked to torment Lars when Lars was trying to sleep. Now that Heart has taken on a more prominent role in The Awkward Yeti, he’s become a vibrant, salmon-hued character with square-framed glasses to denote his intellectual nature.
3. Rat and Pig (Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis)
While Rat is largely unchanged, Pig’s head and body shape have rounded out, and his ears have taken on a teardrop shape. Also unchanged: Stephan Pastis’ trademark cynical humor.
4. Charlie Brown (Peanuts by Charles Schulz)
We wouldn’t even recognize good ol’ Charlie Brown if they didn’t identify him by name in the first Peanuts strip! Thankfully, it didn’t take long for him to acquire his trusty zigzag shirt.
5. Jon and Garfield (Garfield by Jim Davis)
After almost 40 years in syndication, it’s no surprise that Garfield and Jon have undergone the most dramatic transformation on this list. Of course the two things that stayed the same are Jon’s fashion sense and Garfield’s insatiable appetite.
Happy Transformation Tuesday!