60 years of Peanuts

60 years ago the first Peanuts comic strip by Charles Schulz was published and it went on until February 13, 2000, the day after their author’s death.

This famous comic strip was originated by a previous work by Charles Schulz titled Lil’l Folks that was published on the author’s hometown newspaper, the St. Paul Pioneer Press, between 1947 and 1950. When the new, more sophisticated, comic strip started being published by United Feature Syndicate the name was changed to Peanuts to avoid confusion with other comic strips that were famous at the time.

The original characters are Charlie Brown, Shermy, Patty (who must not be confused with Peppermint Patty!) and the dog Snoopy. During the years new characters were introduced such as Violet, Peppermint Patty, Schroeder and the siblings Lucy and Linus van Pelt, who at their first appearance were very little children and then grew up to reach an age very close to Charlie Brown’s.

In time Snoopy received greater focus, also with the adventures he lived in his mind where for example he was a World War I flying ace.

Thanks to their fame not only Peanuts strips were gathered in various books but they were also adapted into an animated series, where the little red-haired girl loved by Charlie Brown appears, and even in some theatre stage plays.

Even if through the years other comics had great success becoming Peanuts rivals, Schulz characters keep on being loved very much, also thanks to the subjects they deal with: in fact, even if the characters are children and animals the things they say about science, arts, religion and other subjects are very smart, simply put but deep.

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