Charles Schultz hand drew the four panel strip until illness forced him to retire in 1999. He died on February 12, 2000—the same day the last Peanuts strip appeared.
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Nuts About Peanuts
Peanuts debuts in the funny pages
Charles M. Schultz was the first cartoonist to use his pen to delve into the insecurities and uncertainties of modern life.
Schultz’s questioning of the human condition might not have been so welcome had he not filtered it through his young illustrated characters, who deeply resonated with readers: Charlie Brown, the “every-man” figure, the hapless hero, determined not to give up; Snoopy, the adorable dog-dreamer, who sees things the way they should be, not as they are; plus pals Linus and Schroeder, sister Sally, and, of course, Lucy, the domineering realist, always quick to put Charlie Brown in his place.
“Peanuts” was an enormous success and remains a favorite today; its offshoots include multiple iconic television specials, plays, and ice shows.