Remembering Good Ol’ Charlie Brown
On February 13th, 2000, the “Peanuts” comic strip starring Charlie Brown and Snoopy ran its last newspaper appearance ever. Charles M. Schultz, the creator of “Peanuts”, passed away at his home in Santa Rosa, California the day before. Today we remember the tender and wholesome saga of “Peanuts” that ran for nearly half a century around the world.
Schulz was born on November 26th, 1922 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was the son of a barber and wanted to become an artist at a young age. As a child he practiced by drawing Popeye and studied cartooning at an art school after graduating high school in 1940.
From 1943–1945, Schulz served in the army and then became an instructor at the art school he attended. Eventually he started freelancing cartoons with the St. Paul Pioneer Press and the Saturday Evening Post.
The Start of the Peanuts Saga
By 1950, Schulz created the Peanuts strip, which was originally titled “Lil Folks”. The main protagonist was Charlie Brown, a sensitive but average child. The story was loosely based on a lot Schulz’s life experiences, from the loneliness he experienced in the army and the frustrations of his everyday life. Other characters included were Sally, Lucy, Linus, and Schroder.
Little did he know that “Peanuts” would become wildly popular. “Peanuts” reached people in 75 countries, 2,600 papers, and 21 languages every single day. The “Peanuts” strips, merchandise, and product endorsements brought in $1.1 billion a year.
Schulz said to have earned about $30-40 million annually. It’s incredible to think that what started as a local newspaper comic strip became a worldwide sensation. Global expansion is an art of its own, the world is your canvas. Create a story worth telling with NNRoad.