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Greatest Peanuts Strips - 11/20/78

Greatest Peanuts Strips - Snoopy 11/20/78

There was a mutual admiration society going on with Schulz and Christo, two of the more daring artists of their time. My favorite single panel in Peanuts history is the final one here. Snoopy’s fourth-wall-crashing reaction, the visual of Christo having worked his magic…flawless. Looks great on a shirt too.

Twenty-five years after the strip’s debut (and three years after the death of Charles Schulz), Christo wrapped the doghouse for real.

Greatest Peanuts Strips - 02/27/52

Greatest Peanuts Strips - Snoopy 02/27/52

Bits and pieces of the artist come out in their work. It is inevitable, unless of course the creator is a complete sociopath (in which case they’re probably country music songwriters). From the very beginning of Peanuts Charles Schulz did not hesitate to channel his irritations into the minds and mouths of these li’l folks. In this beauty from ’52, a self-absorbed Violet rambles on to a clearly disgusted Charlie Brown about the film festival that played in her brain last night. While many people are fascinated by the world of dreams, seeking deeper meaning in the succession of images and sounds, others are content to shrug them off as biological futzery. Perhaps it is his determination to make dreams come true during waking hours that has Chuck so skeptical and annoyed? The moral here is that the unexamined subconscious life is entirely worth living.

Greatest Peanuts Strips - 10/21/87

Greatest Peanuts Strips - Snoopy 10/21/87

When you see Patty and Marcie seated in the theater, some bickering is sure to follow. But here, Patty is actually delighted (rather than confused) by what’s transpiring on stage, resulting in a satisfied smile rather than a furrowed brow on not just her face but Marcie’s as well. Patty’s last words mirror precisely my feelings while reading these strips.

5 Facts You May Not Know About Peanuts

Snoopy Facts | 5 Facts You May Not Know About Peanuts
1. PEANUTS HAD 17,897 STRIPS AND 45 TV SPECIALS

Peanuts ran from Oct. 2, 1950 to Feb. 13, 2000. In his lifetime, Peanuts creator Charles Schulz drew 17,897 Peanuts comic strips that were translated into 21 languages and published in 2,600 newspapers. A total of 45 TV specials were produced, some of which garnered awards.

Peanuts became so popular that by 1999, Peanuts characters were featured on 20,000 new products every year. In fact, Snoopy’s likeness is used for an award given by NASA to someone working in the space program that goes above and beyond for safety. Snoopy also became the mascot for MetLife, and even has a star on the Hollywood walk of fame next to Schulz’s star.

2. ANIMATED PEANUTS CHARACTERS DEBUTED IN COMMERCIALS

(Don’t worry, the cigars Charlie Brown passes out are chocolate)

The 2015 movie is the first time the Peanuts characters will receive the CG-animated treatment, but did you know their first animated appearance was not in the 1965 film A Charlie Brown Christmas, but in car commercials?

Ford Motor Company licensed the characters in 1959 for a series of commercials alongside intros to the Tennessee Ernie Ford Show. The success of these animations led to the production of half-hour animated TV specials, including the award-winning Christmas special mentioned above.

3. ICONIC CHARACTERS DIDN’T APPEAR UNTIL LATER IN THE SERIES

When Peanuts debuted, it featured Charlie Brown, Patty (not Peppermint Patty), Shermy and Snoopy. It wasn’t until a couple of years later that characters like Lucy and Linus appeared in 1952, Pig-Pen in 1954, and Woodstock and Peppermint Patty in 1966.

When Lucy first appeared, she was younger than Charlie Brown, depicted as a toddler. Schulz later changed her to be among Charlie Brown’s friends.

4. SCHULZ DIDN’T LIKE THE PEANUTS NAME

Believe it or not, Schulz didn’t take a shine to the name of his own comic strip. Prior to the Peanuts comic strip, Schulz had a comic named Li’l Folks, which featured characters similar to the Peanuts cast. According to a 1965 article in Time magazine, Schulz said: “I wanted to keep Li’l Folks. I wanted a strip with dignity and significance. ‘Peanuts’ made it sound too insignificant.”

The Peanuts name came about due to United Feature Syndicate’s concerns over copyright infringement, due to the previously published Li’l Abner and Little Folks comics. An editor at the syndicate suggested the name, and regardless of Schulz’s reluctance, it stuck.

5. SCHULZ USED INSPIRATION FROM HIS OWN LIFE

The comic was most likely set in Minneapolis, the hometown of Schulz. This is based on the fact that Charlie Brown once stated his address as 1770 James Street, which was a few houses down from Schulz himself. The comic also makes allusions to California locations, where Schulz moved in 1958.

The characters also see influences from his life. Charlie Brown’s parents, like Schulz’s own parents, are a barber and housewife, while Peppermint Patty was based on his cousin, Patricia. Snoopy is said to be based on a childhood dog Schulz had, though it was a pointer, not a beagle.

Facts - Charlie Brown And Snoopy Were Inspired By Schulz's Own Life

Facts - Charlie Brown And Snoopy Were Inspired By Schulz’s Own Sad Life

It's not uncommon for a creator to channel his own life into that of his characters.

When it comes to characters as beloved as Snoopy and Charlie Brown, fans like to imagine that Schulz was channeling some of his more joyous experiences. However, darker aspects of his life-such as adultery and marital frustration-crept into these beloved comics.

It started with an extramarital affair Schulz had with one Tracey Claudius, an office worker for whom the artist went absolutely gaga. He regularly sent her notes, flowers, and gifts and was fond of celebrating the "anniversary" of the start of their affair-an affair that punctured his 20-year marriage to his first wife.

Schulz wrote Claudius at least 44 love letters and often called her over the telephone... at least, until his wife found out and made him stop. Oddly enough, Schulz let some of his frustrations out via his comic strip.

In two letters from 1970 Schulz writes that he must cease calling Claudius because his long-distance phone calls to her had been discovered by his wife. Soon after, he created a strip in which Charlie Brown berated Snoopy for his obnoxious behavior when he's not allowed to go out "to see that girl beagle." In subsequent panels, Charlie warns Snoopy "you’d better start behaving yourself" and when Snoopy picks up the telephone, Charlie Brown yells "and stop making those long-distance phone calls!"

Schulz reportedly proposed to and was rebuffed twice by Claudius. After divorcing his first wife in 1972, the Peanuts creator wed Jean Forsyth Clyde the following year. They remained married until his death, in 2000.