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He had a less-than-distinguished academic record, but outside the classroom he drew constantly and read newspaper comic strips with his dad. When Schulz was 15, he published his first drawing, a picture of his dog, who later served as the inspiration for Snoopy. Following his high school graduation inhe worked odd jobs and submitted cartoons for publication in magazines.
I t really was a dark and stormy night. On February 12,Charles Schulz—who had single-handedly drawn some 18, Peanuts comic strips, who refused to use assistants to ink or letter his comics, who vowed that after he quit, no new Peanuts strips would be made—died, taking to the grave, it seemed, any further adventures of the gang. It had been going for five decades.
When Alex Davis was 2 years old, he pointed to a drawing his father had done and exclaimed, "Snoopy! Charles Schulz's black-and-white dog is so beloved, though, that a lasagna-loving cat can't even compete. Saturday, Oct.
Why is the comic strip named Peanuts? I wanted to call it Good Old Charlie Brownbut the person at the syndicate who selected Peanuts just picked it at random from a list of possible titles he jotted down. The syndicate compromised on Sunday, though.
Charlie Brown: No, I think he's writing. Snoopy:Dear Friends It has been the fulfillment of my childhood ambition.
Hours before his final cartoon appeared in Sunday newspapers, Schulz died in his sleep Saturday night at his home in Santa Rosa, apparently from complications of colon cancer. It has been the fulfillment of my childhood ambition. Considered by his colleagues as the greatest cartoonist in history, Schulz, who was 77, had retired from drawing Peanuts in December, after suffering a series of small strokes during emergency abdominal surgery.
Peanuts is a syndicated daily and Sunday American comic strip written and illustrated by Charles M. Schulz that ran from October 2,to February 13,continuing in reruns afterward. Peanuts is among the most popular and influential in the history of comic strips, with 17, strips published in all,  making it "arguably the longest story ever told by one human being". The strip focuses entirely on a social circle of young children, where adults exist but are rarely seen or heard.
Despite their wholesome, all-American reputation, Charlie Brown and his friends embody an amount of malaise better associated with French existentialists. Over nearly 50 years and more than 18, comic strips, Peanuts made punchlines out of loss and futility. The joke was on humanity.
Later, when they were available on video and DVD, I made a family tradition of watching those animated specials with my children every year. Charles Schultz brought such humor and fun to our family and the world! Charles Schulz born: November 26, died: February 12, was one of the most famous American cartoonists of our time.