SANTA ROSA, CALIFORNIA — Good grief! One of America’s most beloved children, Charlie Brown, and his loveable but mischievous pup Snoopy, turn 70 years old today.
According to the Charles M. Schulz Museum, Peanuts began publication on this day in 1950.
Peanuts appeared in a record 17,897 individual comic strips in more than 2,600 papers, making it one of the most iconic comic strips in history.
Cartoonist Charles M. Schulz lived from Nov. 26, 1922 until Feb. 12, 2000, when he died from colon cancer, and is widely regarded as one of the most influential cartoonists of all time, cited by many top cartoonists as an inspiration and comic strip legend. Along with the famous comic strip, Schulz also had several television holiday specials and there was a Peanuts movie, as well.
“In the five decades that Schulz drew Peanuts, the physical appearance of the Gang naturally evolved, as well as their individual attitudes and personal philosophies.
As the characters developed, they also provided Schulz with ideas.
However, he said he remained unaware of these transformations until his comic strips appeared in reprint books long after their initial debuts in newspapers,” the museum said on its web page.
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