Sunday, November 12, 2017

Charles Schulz Drawing Peanuts

Charles Monroe Schulz (1922 – 2000), nicknamed Sparky, was an American cartoonist best known for the comic strip Peanuts (which featured the characters Charlie Brown and Snoopy, among others). He is widely regarded as one of the most influential cartoonists of all time, cited as a major influence by many later cartoonists.

He insisted on doing the entire strip, daily and the larger, color Sunday strips, himself. Other famous cartoonists, such as Al Capp, had assistants, who would do things like the lettering, but Schulz would have none of it, he wanted Peanuts (a name he never liked, he wanted to call the strip simply "Charlie Brown") to be completely his own, even down to doing the lettering for the dialogue balloons himself as well. He did it for 50 years, and its success and cultural impact surely proves he was right.

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