“I grew up with only one real career desire in life, and that was to someday draw my own comic strip.” – Charles M. Schulz, 1983
Charles M. Schulz, creator of the beloved Peanuts characters, was born 90 years ago – November 26, 1922. We honor his memory today with a look at his life, and his importance in the history of Crystal World.
Schulz was an only child, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Comic books played an important part in his early life. He was even nicknamed “Sparky” by an uncle, after the character “Spark Plug” in the Barney Google comic strip. After serving in the army during World War II, Charles Schulz continued to draw, and produced a number of cartoons that never became popular, But his L’il Folks series was picked up by a newspaper in St. Paul, Minnesota, and ran from 1947-1950. later that same year, he approached United Feature Syndicate about continuing the L’il Folks series – and they did, and still do. The strip now known as PEANUTS © debuted on October 2, 1950, and continues to appear somewhere around the world in newspapers daily up to the present time.
Here are some interesting facts about the PEANUTS © strip, reputed to be the most popular comic strip of all time.
- At its height, PEANUTS © was published daily in 2,600 papers in 75 countries, in 21 languages.
- Over the nearly 50 years that PEANUTS © was published, Schulz drew more than 18,000 strips.
- The strips themselves, plus merchandise and product endorsements, produced revenues of more than $1 billion per year, with Schulz earning an estimated $30 million to $40 million annually.
- During the life of the strip, Schulz took only one vacation, a five-week break in late 1997 to celebrate his 75th birthday; reruns of the strip ran during his vacation, the only time reruns occurred while Schulz was alive.
Source: Wikipedia, Charles Schulz Museum
Photo Credits: Charles Schulz Museum, Crystal World