Collection: Charles M. Schulz

Charles M. Schulz was born November 25, 1922, in Minneapolis. His destiny was foreshadowed when an uncle gave him, at the age of two days, the nickname Sparky (after the racehorse Spark Plug in the newspaper strip Barney Google).

In his senior year in high school, his mother noticed an ad in a local newspaper for a correspondence school, Federal Schools (later called Art Instruction Schools). Schulz passed the talent test, completed the course, and began trying, unsuccessfully, to sell gag cartoons to magazines. (His first published drawing was of his dog, Spike, and appeared in a 1937 Ripley's Believe It or Not! installment.) Between 1948 and 1950, he succeeded in selling 17 cartoons to the Saturday Evening Post—as well as, to the local St. Paul Pioneer Press, a weekly comic feature called Li'l Folks. It was run in the women's section and paid $10 a week. After writing and drawing the feature for two years, Schulz asked for a better location in the paper or for daily exposure, as well as a raise. When he was turned down on all three counts, he quit.

He started submitting strips to the newspaper syndicates. In the spring of 1950, he received a letter from the United Feature Syndicate, announcing their interest in his submission, Li'l Folks. Schulz boarded a train in June for New York City; more interested in doing a strip than a panel, he also brought along the first installments of what would become Peanuts—and that was what sold. (The title, which Schulz loathed to his dying day, was imposed by the syndicate.) The first Peanuts daily appeared October 2, 1950; the first Sunday, January 6, 1952.

Diagnosed with cancer, Schulz retired from Peanuts at the end of 1999. He died on February 13, 2000, the day before Valentine's Day—and the day before his last strip was published—having completed 17,897 daily and Sunday strips, each and every one fully written, drawn, and lettered entirely by his own hand—an unmatched achievement in comics.

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Waiting For The Great Pumpkin

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The Complete Peanuts 1999-2000 Comics & Stories: Gift Box Set -  Hardcover

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The Complete Peanuts 1999-2000: Vol. 25 Hardcover Edition

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The Complete Peanuts 1997-1998: Vol. 24 Hardcover Edition

Charles M Schulz, Paul Feig

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The Complete Peanuts 1995-1998: Gift Box Set - Hardcover

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The Complete Peanuts 1995-1996: Vol. 23 Hardcover Edition

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The Complete Peanuts 1993-1994: Vol. 22 Hardcover Edition

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The Complete Peanuts 1991-1994: Gift Box Set - Hardcover

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The Complete Peanuts 1991-1992: Vol. 21 Hardcover Edition

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The Complete Peanuts 1989-1990: Vol. 20 Hardcover Edition

Charles M Schulz, Lemony Snicket

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The Complete Peanuts 1987-1990: Gift Box Set - Hardcover

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The Complete Peanuts 1987-1988: Vol. 19 Hardcover Edition

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The Complete Peanuts 1985-1986: Vol. 18 Hardcover Edition

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The Complete Peanuts 1983-1986: Gift Box Set - Hardcover

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The Complete Peanuts 1983-1984: Vol. 17 Hardcover Edition

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The Complete Peanuts 1981-1982: Vol. 16 Hardcover Edition

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The Complete Peanuts 1979-1982: Gift Box Set - Hardcover

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The Complete Peanuts 1979-1980: Vol. 15 Hardcover Edition

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The Complete Peanuts 1977-1978: Vol. 14 Hardcover Edition

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The Complete Peanuts 1977-1978 (Vol. 14)

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The Complete Peanuts 1975-1978 Gift Box Set (Vols. 13 & 14)

Charles M Schulz, Alec Baldwin, Robert Smigel

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The Complete Peanuts 1975-1976: Vol. 13 Paperback Edition

Robert Smigel, Charles M Schulz

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The Complete Peanuts 1975-1976: Vol. 13 Hardcover Edition

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The Complete Peanuts 1973-1974: Vol. 12 Paperback Edition

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The Complete Peanuts 1973-1974: Vol. 12 Hardcover Edition

Charles M Schulz, Billie Jean King, Seth

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The Complete Peanuts 1971-1974: Vols.11 & 12 Gift Box Set - Paperback

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The Complete Peanuts 1971-1974: Gift Box Set - Hardcover

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The Complete Peanuts 1971-1972: Vol. 11 Paperback Edition

Charles M Schulz, Kristin Chenowith

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The Complete Peanuts 1971-1972: Vol. 11 Hardcover Edition

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The Complete Peanuts 1969-1970: Vol. 10 Paperback Edition

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