Tip #2 – The History of Snoopy

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Snoopy and the Peanuts Gang History
Charles Schulz (1922 – 2000)
Creator of Snoopy and the Peanuts Gang

# The first Peanuts strip appeared in October 1950.

# For nearly 50 years Charles Schulz drew each installment himself. Most comic strip writers delegate much of the work to assistants.

# Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and others may have lived in a state of perpetual childhood but their struggles and their angst were recognizable to adults all over the world, who posted Peanuts cartoons in offices and homes as short parables of modern life.

# It is estimated the strip had 350 million daily readers.

Now they will have to be content with reprints.

# Charles Schulz was diagnosed as suffering colon cancer last November and shortly afterwards announced that he would be putting away his pen to concentrate on his health.

# Under the terms of Mr Schulz’s contract no other artist can take on the strip after his death.

# Peanuts now appears in more than 2,600 newspapers around the world and in 21 languages generating an annual global revenue of more than $1 billion.

And although the world has changed a lot since its first publication, Peanuts has remained a constant.

# Charlie Brown, the great American loser, typically responds to the trials life sends him with a despondent “good grief”.

His canine pal Snoopy takes regular flights of fancy to the skies of World War I to fight the Red Baron.

# He brought us laughter…In 1950, Charles “Sparky” Schulz launched his comic strip creation, Peanuts, with a modest list of seven newspapers. It became one of the most successful cartoon features of all time, appearing in more than 2000 newspapers. Its characters, Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Schroeder, Pig Pen, and of course, Snoopy are international superstars. Schulz won countless awards including the Reuben as the best cartoonist of the year in 1955 and 1964, as well as a number of Emmys for his Peanuts television specials. In spite of all the financial success and critical acclaim he received, Charles Schulz remained a modest man, proud of the fact that he wrote, drew, inked and lettered his beloved creation and that Peanuts will never be produced by other hands.

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