Making its debut on October 2, 1950, “Peanuts,” starring Charlie Brown and his dog Snoopy, was to become one of the most recognizable and adorable comic strips in the world. The creation of George Shultz, with influence from Howdy Doody’s “peanut gallery,” this strip eventually became animated and the cast stars of television.
The supporting cast evolved around the original two and fans quickly learned to love Lucy, Linus, Peppermint Patty, Woodstock, Franklin, Marci, and Sally
Over the years, Schultz explored pressing social issues such as race and gender equality. His comic strip made the transition to television through specials around the holidays, including A Charlie Brown Christmas, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, and more.
In January, 2000, Charles Schultz published the very last of his series. He died the next month. His lasting wish was that no one would continue his beloved “Peanuts.”