Saturday, October 2, 2010

Happy 60th Birthday to Charlie Brown & Peanuts pt1

Today (October 2nd) is the 60th Anniversary of Charlie Brown, Snoopy and all the Peanuts Gang.
In 1950 Charles Schulz debuted his comic strip of little people (kids) that acted more like adults than children. Starting only in seven newspapers, "Peanuts" would go on to be the most successful newspaper strip ever printed.

Above are some of the ads used in newspapers to announce the coming of the new comic strip. As you can see they feature Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Shermy, Violet, Patty and Schroeder. Lucy, Linus and Pigpen would be introduced in the next couple of years and Charlie Brown's sister Sally would be "born" before the end of the decade.
Peppermint Patty, Marcie and Franklin would be introduced in the 1960's and Woodstock would debut in 1970.
The strip ended in February of 2000, the day after Schulz passed away, but is still printed today in reruns in as many newspapers as it did when they were brand new.

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