Their meditative, downbeat tone resonated with my understanding of life. They are comic strips full of the vulnerabilities of childhood: what satisfactions they offer us are subtle and hard-won — such as those of friendship. In the nearly 18, strips that Schulz drew over 50 years of his career , adults almost never appear, and when they do they are abstracted as legs. In the animated films, on the rare occasions when they are permitted to speak, they honk unintelligibly in the background like geese. So much for the charms of adulthood. At its peak, Peanuts was syndicated in 75 countries, translated into 21 languages, and had a notional total readership of million.
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Peanuts is a syndicated daily and Sunday American comic strip written and illustrated by Charles M. The strip's original run extended from to , continuing in reruns afterward. Peanuts is among the most popular and influential in the history of comic strips, with 17, strips published in all,  making it "arguably the longest story ever told by one human being". Peanuts focuses entirely on a social circle of young children, where adults exist but are never seen and rarely heard.
The comic strip genius of Charles M. Schulz
I t really was a dark and stormy night. On February 12, , Charles Schulz—who had single-handedly drawn some 18, Peanuts comic strips, who refused to use assistants to ink or letter his comics, who vowed that after he quit, no new Peanuts strips would be made—died, taking to the grave, it seemed, any further adventures of the gang. It had been going for five decades. Schulz hated and resented the name Peanuts , which was foisted on him by United Feature Syndicate. Why was this comic strip so wildly popular for half a century?
Peanuts cartoon tributes have appeared in other comic strips since Schulz's death in Some are now displayed at the Charles Schulz Museum. On May 27, , over fifty cartoonists included a reference to Peanuts in their own strips, although some comic strips had tributes that entire week. Some comic strips also paid tribute to Peanuts closer to either before Schulz's retirement in January or after his death in February