Charles Schulz’s Peanuts Turns 64

Day 148 of Colourisation Project – October 2

Challenge: to publish daily a colourised photo that has some significance around the day of publication.

Sixty-four years ago this day, October 2, 1950, the comic strip Peanuts was first published in seven American newspapers nationwide.  The man behind the cartoon creation was cartoonist Charles M. Schulz, today’s subject for colourisation. 

Peanuts, achieved popularity right around the globe, expanding into TV, books and a huge merchandise collection. Although Schulz devoted much of his life to the American comic standard, not even he could have foreseen the longevity and the far reaching impact of his iconic four-panel creation.  At its height, the Peanuts comic strip was published in 75 countries, in 21 different languages.

Charles_Schulz Bef & Aft

Photographer: Roger Higgins – Charles M. Schulz 1956 – Coloured by Loredana Crupi

Schulz has been quoted as saying, ‘If you read the strip, you would know me. Everything I am goes into the strip—all of my fears, my anxieties and my joys” And so it did, right up until the day after his death in 2000. The Charlie Brown character was based on Schulz himself and the inspiration for Snoopy the dog came from a childhood pet. Originally a silent character, it was only after two years of the comic that Snoopy verbalized his thoughts to readers in a thought balloon in 1952.

When Schulz announced his retirement in December 1999, the Peanuts comic strip was syndicated in over 2,600 newspapers worldwide, with book collections translated in over 25 languages.

According to Robert Thompson of Syracuse University, Schulz created “arguably the longest story ever told by one human being”. In total, Schulz produced 17,897 published strips from 1950 to 2000, with reruns continuing after.

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“Stop worrying about the world ending today. It’s already tomorrow in Australia.”   ―   Charles M. Schulz

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