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Good Grief, the Gang's All Here
Are you a fan of the Peanuts Gang? How much do you know about the comic strip? In doing some research for a writing project I came across some interesting facts about our beloved characters from cartoonist Charles Schulz. For instance, "Who is Violet?" and "There were two Pattys."
There has always been a special place in my heart for these fun characters. Perhaps it was because in some way I could relate to all of them.
After I was married I began to collect various cartoon artist books, including Peanuts. It was surprising to see just how many I didn't have and could no longer buy. That's not a problem anymore, because there are sets now available to find the ones that I missed. Even better news is that there are more surprises to come in the next few years revealing information about our favorite cartoonist and the stories behind the characters.
Do you know someone who loves the Peanuts Gang? Boxed gift sets are ideal for them, and they only increase in value over the years. It's nice to be able to give a gift that goes up as the years go by.
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The Doctor Is In Lucy Peanuts Gang 2010 Hallmark Ornament
One of my favorite ornaments that I had.
The Character(s) within Me.
How I related to the characters in the Peanuts Comic strip.
I can't actually say that the Peanuts Cartoon Comic strip was a life altering experience, but it did help me to see things in a different light. Let me explain a few of the reasons why these little guys made their way into my heart.
The Person that Should Be in Me. Charlie Brown is representative of a child who cares for people, even though he isn't always treated fairly. To me it is an example of how a Christian should live, but don't all the time. He is always forgiving no matter what people do or say to him. At times he becomes discouraged, but then he sees something in the situation that brings him out of his disappointment. Charlie is willing to let people into his circle regardless of their background, embracing everyone for who they are. Oh if we could remember to live our lives through the eyes of a child.
The Dreamer in Me. Snoopy is a character I can relate to because he just loves life and is creative in the way he sees it. That taps into my own way of looking at things as I embrace every situation with rose colored glasses.
I've Got the Music in Me. Schroeder is the child prodigy that I wished I would have become, but never persisted with the God given talents I have for music. He is faithful to practicing, without his parents coaching him on I would suspect. Nothing comes between him and his music. I wish I could say the same.
The Hidden Spunk in Me. Lucy is the bold girl that I wish I was, but in a nicer way.
The Romantic in Me. What we'll do for love. Sally is a true romantic at heart and never gives up on the hopes that one day she will win her Prince's heart. I think every girl has a vision of the perfect guy that will fawn over her with pure delight. For me, I don't want a momma's boy, but if all he wants to cling to is his blankie, I'd take that as a positive thing and count it as a win these days!
The Loyal Side in Me. Woodstock is the friend that I hope I am to others. No matter what crazy antics Snoopy is up to, he is game (no pun intended).
The Kind Heart in Me. Out of all the characters, Franklin has to be the one that tugs on a person's heart. He never has a bad word to say about anyone, even though he knows the way people act. Wouldn't it be wonderful if the only thing a person could find to say about us is that we never spoke an unkind word?
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I can't actually say that the Peanuts Cartoon Comic strip was a life altering experience, but it did help me to see things in a different light.
Charlie was representative of a child who cared for people, even though he wasn't treated fairly. To me it is an example of how a Christian should live.
Snoopy is a character I can relate to because he just loves life and is creative in the way he sees it. That taps into my own way of looking at things as I embrace every situation with rose colored glasses.
Schroder is the child prodigy that I wished I would have become, but never persisted with the God given talents I have for music.
Lucy is the bold girl that I wish I was, but in a nicer way.
Woodstock is the friend that I hope I am to others.
About the author Charles Schulz
It seems that the very talented cartoonist Charles M. Schulz was born with a silver pen in his hand on November 25th, 1922 in Minneapolis.
His mother recognized his gift for drawing and submitted her son's drawings for Art school courses by correspondence. After completing the program he began submitting gag cartoons to various publishers.
Success came with his first submission to Ripley's Believe it or Not with a cartoon of his own dog named Spike. Over the next few years he sold cartoons to the Saturday Evening Post as well as other publications for $10 a pop. This gave him more recognition and the comic strip Peanuts was born and put into syndication.
Believe it or not, Mr. Schulz didn't come up with the title "Peanuts" and he actually despised it. Even so, the comic was sold as so and was first published on October 2, 1950. It would later be published daily two years later on Sunday, January 6th.
Saying Good-bye to A Friend
Charles Schulz was faithful to the creation of his characters and storyline. At the time he retired the comic strip, Schulz alone had designed, written and completed a stunning 17,897 pieces with his own hand.
After being diagnosed with cancer, he finished working on Peanuts in 1999. The very last original Peanuts comic strip was released on February 14th, 2000, the day after Mr. Schulz passed away. We are thankful for all the joy Charles brought to millions of people throughout the years.
Charlie Brown Medley - ThePianoGuys - Sharing the joy we have with Peanuts.
Charlie Brown brings out the kid in all of us. Watch how the Piano Guys minister to a group of people in a senior citizens home and what they all end up doing!
Charlie Brown Medley - ThePianoGuys
The First Peanuts Comic Strip
Published October 2, 1950
Original characters were:
From left-to-right: Charlie Brown, Shermy, (original) Patty.
Peanuts the Comic Strip
In its first syndication the Peanuts comic strip made its debut on October 2, 1950. It appeared as a four panel spot and would be run daily in nine of the top newspapers of that time.
You can see from the photo above that the character did change over the years, but the four introductory "kids" were Charlie Brown, Shermy, Patty and Snoopy which would be introduced on October 4th.
What made this comic strip fly off the charts was its topic. Even though we didn't know the names of the other two children, Shermy, a child, openly expressed his hatred for Charlie brown; this was something that had not been done in any comic strip.
Over the next twenty years more outspoken, shy, quirky characters were introduced into the storyline, making their way into the hearts of its readers.
Having full control over the design of the layout, Schulz didn't introduce color or backgrounds into the strip until many years later. He did employ people to produce the books though.
The appearance of the characters was basic. They were short, mainly round faced with smaller eyes, but they pretty much looked the same except for Charlie.
Reference source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peanuts
It's no wonder the world warmed up to what seemed to be the biggest loser of all time. Even with all his short comings, (stature jokes aside), Charlie shows up time after time no matter the outcome.
Click here if video isn't working: Profile: Charlie Brown (Official)
Peanuts 1950-1952 - Vol.1 ~ The Complete Peanuts in Hardcover
This is the first archival edition of the bestselling comic strip. It is unique in that some of these have never been seen or printed publically. In this volume the beginning years of Peanuts is presented as it was made public worldwide in black and white.
Although there were many books also published along with the newspaper strip, some of them were not collected because the column kept changing as the creator designed it.
What many don’t know is that Charles Schulz also showed the first character as infants in early designs and even Snoopy as a puppy.
Peanuts 1953-1954 - Vol.2 ~ The Complete Peanuts in Paperback
After the first volume came out, people couldn't wait to see the second with more hidden secrets of the Peanuts gang.
By the third season the cast doubled to eight with the introduction of Violet, Lucy, Pigpen and Linus (who didn't speak at the time). We also get a glimpse at when the infamous blanket of little Linus appears.
The characters matured and toddler Lucy becomes more forceful and the world becomes infatuated with the characters endearing lingo with words such as "fussbudget."
During this time period Charlie's dog Snoopy makes some dramatic changes with the abilities to think and act like a human, challenging those around him.
For a collector this would be a good choice to make, because most of the selections in this edition have never been printed outside of the original date of the newspaper strip back in the 50's. So for many of us, these would be new to see.
Did you know ...
The Peanuts gang debuted as toddlers,
went back to infants
and never aged beyond 8 years old.
They have remained 8 for over 60 years!
The Complete Peanuts 1950-1954 - Box Set in Paperback
How lovely would this look in a bookcase? Now you can have both volumes 1 & 2 (1950-1954) in a designer cover.
Walter Cronkite America's best known news anchor, gives us the introduction for this series of comics strips.
A Favorite of Mine ~ Schroeder - Debutes on May 3, 1951.
Schroeder is one of my favorites in the Peanuts group. I suppose it's because I love the piano. What I like about him is the way he handles situations and keeps on playing, as if music soothed his soul.
You hardly ever see him without his toy piano except if he is out playing ball with Charlie Brown. Most of the time, we see Schroeder trying to fight off the advances from the bold character Lucy, while continuing his musical concert of Beethoven's classics.
Click here if video isn't working: Profile: Schroeder (Official)
In modern day terms, Lucy might be considered a female bully. However, at times, well ... rarely, we do see a kinder side of her.
Although Lucy is somewhat bossy, quite loud and overwhelming, she's not that bad of a big sister to little brother Linus (even though she does tease him). When she isn't pushing herself off on Schroeder, Miss Van Pelt can often be found in her psychiatrist's booth peddling advice for 5 cents a session.
What I remember most about her is how Lucy explodes when Snoopy kisses her and she shouts, "I've kissed dog lips!"
Click here if video isn't working: Profile: Lucy (Official)
Snoopy has got to be one of the most creative characters we have seen in comics.
I guess you could say he was the equivalent of the television icon "The Fonz", being the coolest of cool, thus the ever so popular "Joe Cool."
He can do almost anything he can dream, and he's great at it to boot. A world class pilot, writer, ball player, musician, chef and expert at whatever else he does. Some may say his only downfall is the neighbor's cat.
There has been a question as to the birthdate of Snoopy, but officially he was given the birthday of August 10th even though he didn't appear in the comic strip until the 4th of October. No one knew the name of Charlie Brown's dog though until November 10th, 1950.
This unseemly, "super dog" wasn't always known as Snoopy. Mr. Schulz originally called the dog Sniffy, but was forced to change it because there already was a comic strip character by that name. He decided on the name Snoopy based on what his mother once told him, that if she had another dog she would name it Snoopy."
In the beginning our not so shy pup was introduced as a silent character, but by May 27th, 1953 he was given a thought bubble in which gave him a "voice" to the readers. This took the character to a new level with the audience.
Click here if video isn't working: Profile: Snoopy (Official)
Causing a dust storm wherever he does, our little happy-go-lucky friend seems content with his surroundings. He comes off as if he is an authoritarian and doesn't get ruffled by his comrades.
Although he is never in the limelight, you always know when he is around!
Click here if video isn't working: Profile: Pigpen (Official)
The Complete Peanuts 1955-1958 - Box Set ~ Hardcover
The series continues with this Complete Peanuts 1955-1958 third and fourth volumes.
We see much more interaction among the characters by now with Linus learning to talk, Lucy's unrequited love interest with Schroeder and Snoopy becoming less "dog" like.
Quite like the last set, this one also contains some of the strips that have never been seen since they first went to print.
As the decade ends, the Peanuts gang enters into uncharted territory in the cartoon realm. Linus' security blanket becomes more in the forefront, sporting events emerge more often and other characters (like penguins and sea monsters) are brought into the picture but don't hang around for future episodes.
Peanuts 1957-1958 (Vol.4) - The Complete Peanuts
Toward the end of the decade Charlie Brown begins to share the spotlight with his feisty dog Snoopy getting into more trouble, taking Linus' blanket.
Little Linus is now talking and feuding with Lucy and his love for his blanket is even more endearing. Episodes include Pig Pen, Violet, the first Patty, Shermy and musically inclined Schroeder.
Who, what, why? Little sister Sally has a heap of questions for big brother Charlie. Why doesn't Linus, the love of her life love her? What is this or that ... Why can't ... and questions keep coming. When Charlie can't give her any answers, Sally simply figures it doesn't matter and moves on.
If video is working click here: Profile: Sally Official Video
The Complete Peanuts 1959-1962 - Vol. 5 & 6 Box Set
In this fifth edition Patty adorns the cover. It is here that we are introduced to Lucy's 5 cents for counseling psychiatrist booth and the Great Pumpkin Patch.
Snoopy is up to his scheming tactics as he keeps stealing Linus' blanket. We are introduced to Charlie Brown's little sister Sally and her infatuation with Linus.
A collector will like having the nearly 100 comic strips that have never been published in book form. The introduction to this volume is by Whoopi Goldberg where she shares her favorite characters and her tattoo of it.
Volume 6 starts off in a new decade with new characters Frieda and her cat. By now Sally is getting bigger and in kindergarten. Something many children don't like is wearing glasses and we learn all about it when Linus gets his and has a crush on his teacher Miss Othmar.
You will be pleased to read that Charlie Brown's baseball team actually wins a game (one of the few).
Award winning jazz player Diana Krall graces us with the introduction. This exceptional volume has some of the original comics that have never been seen anywhere else except when they were first published.
The Complete Peanuts 1963-1966 - Volumes 7 & 8 Box Set ~ Hardcover
One of the funniest things I find in in this comic strip is when Charlie Brown is on the telephone. It's in the seventh volume where we are introduced to "555 95472", but he likes to be referred to as just "5".
A truly rare volume with more than 1/5th of it never being released since the first published date, including some lost episodes.
Some of you may remember Bill Melendez who did the animation in the Peanuts television specials including A Charlie Brown Christmas. He shares his thoughts and accounts of the most loved kids in comics.
In Volume 8 we see a real change in the setting with Snoopy being the second main character. We come into contact with the Red Baron and the fact that Snoopy wants to be a writer.
Charlie makes a friend, Roy, at summer camp and a new character Peppermint Patty comes on the scene.
Famous writer/film director Hal Hartley gives his comments and his take on these household characters in this volume.
Some of the most watched Charlie Brown Specials - That is with the exception of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" topping the list.
I don't know about you, but the little yellow bird Woodstock who became the shadow of Snoopy, is a favorite of mine. I love his faithfulness to his friend regardless of how screwy the situation may be.
Woodstock is the jack of all trades, whether he is a mechanic, language translator, secretary or hang out buddy of Snoopy's. No one could have a more loyal friend.
The Complete Peanuts 1967-1970 - Vol. 9 & 10 Box Set
If you are a real Snoopy fan then you might like this collection, which is mainly the "Snoopy" '67-'70 edition. In these years we come to love the multi-personality pup as he sets out into the world outside of his master, Charlie Brown.
We come to love Woodstock, the new best friend of Snoopy and meet a new character named Franklin.
I think out of all of Charlie Brown's friends, Franklin has to be the kindest and most loyal. Through all of the mishaps and mess-ups, Franklin sticks by his friend Charlie.
In these strips we get to see the kids at school, with Peppermint Patty, Lucy and the others adding to the mix of activities for the Peanuts gang.
The Complete Peanuts 1971-1974 - Vol. 11-12 Box Set ~ Hardcover
By now little Sally is making her way to front stage and becomes the cover girl for this volume of comics for The Complete Peanuts 1971-1972 edition. This book starts out with an introduction by actress Kristin (Wicked) Chenoweth, who won a Tony for her performance as Sally in "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown."
Our young friends go off to summer camp and it is here where Peppermint Patty gets to thinking that Charlie Brown likes her. Of course, you know she has a mind of her own in the way she looks at life, so we all know reality hasn't set foot in her way of thinking when it comes to good old Charlie.
Back at school Peppermint Patty is in trouble again violating the school's dress code policy. Will Marcie get her friend out of trouble?
One of the funniest strips in this series is the "Tales of Woodstock and Worm School". Poor little fella, he falls in love with his prey.
The ever so proud Lucy knocks one out of the ball park during a game, and becomes a big sister too with little brother Rerun being born.
Volume 12 Billie Jean King, tennis giant and friend of the artist Schulz introduces this part of the series. In the next volume, The Complete Peanuts 1973-1974 Marcie gets put into the limelight and everyone gets to see her outrageous costumes and hairstyles. Peppermint Patty trusts her friend and becomes a laughing stock for the skating competition.
Now with three kids in the Van Pelt family (Lucy, Linus and Rerun) it was just a matter of time before we see Rerun getting drafted onto the baseball team. This tiny "peanut" brings a win to whichever team he is on because no one can strike him out.
Toward the end of the season one of Charlie Brown's illusions makes its way into reality, causing him to wear a paper bag on his head due to a rash. He continues his persistence to keep a covering over the unsightly breakout even at camp, where he discovers people do like him as "Mr. Sack" (because they don't know it's Charlie). His adventures at camp turn out to be pretty good that summer, something we don't often see for "good old Charlie Brown."
The Complete Peanuts 1975-1978 - Vol. 13-14 Boxed Set ~ Hardcover
Volume 13 The Complete Peanuts 1975-1976 reaches a milestone with 25 years under its belt. What better way to celebrate than with the introduction of a new character.
SNL's Robert Smigel takes a crack at the introduction in keeping with his comedic background, and it only seems fitting with all the new pranks that are pulled during this season's comics.
The season starts out with Snoopy in the forefront where we learn about his family. It is at this time where we find out that Snoopy has a brother Spike who is a roamer and a sister Bell who lives in Kansas City. He ends up with his leg in a cast and in a love triangle over a girl named Truffles.
Another character that is predominate this year is Peppermint Patty. With all her antics in public school, she is enrolled in a private setting only to find out that this isn't the school she should have attended. But thanks to Snoopy, she was accepted. You can only imagine what kind of school it was!
Snoopy and Peppermint Patty make a pact and travel to enter the Powderpuff Derby.
Volume 14 Fast approaching the end of a decade, Schulz spends time developing his newest characters. The Complete Peanuts 1977-1978 edition is well spoken of in the introduction written by actor Alex Baldwin.
The artist takes five weeks to work out the Charlie Brown scenario where he makes a run for it to escape penalties from the EPA over the Kite Eating tree episode.
Here we discover the talents Charlie has when he is put to the task of coaching the Goose Eggs, where we meet some new characters including Milo.
Sally's heart is being broken as Linus is spending time with Truffles and giving her his attention, all the while his security blanket is being stolen away by the neighborhood cat.
The Many "Id's" of Snoopy
No one could ever say he had an inferiority complex.
World class concert pianist.
"Bestest" of Friends.
The Complete Peanuts 1979-1982 - Vol. 15-16 Boxed Set ~ Hardcover
Volume 15 With the beginning of a new decade comes new trends and style, beginning with Peppermint Patty and her new corn-row hair do.
A new story line is one with Charlie Brown having to spend time in the hospital. This is ground breaking in comic strip news.
Snoopy is still figuring out what he wants to be as he pursues new ventures in search of the right career. He even attempts being a pilot in his new airline, with the assistance of not so lovely, Lucy Van Pelt being the travel agent. Little brother Linus lends a hand at baggage, with Marcie as the stewardess (that's what they called them then).
Volume 16 The Complete Peanuts 1981-1982 moves forward with Snoopy's family. Brother Spike has been drafted into Snoopy's Army and a new addition named Marbles, who has spotted ears.
Baseball is still a big part of Charlie Brown's life, in which he makes a trade of "himself" to Peppermint Patty's team. Later he switches back and finds out the team is in jeopardy of losing their baseball field.
Sally and Linus are at it once more as he insists she is not his girlfriend. The season finished with the introduction of a few characters that make a single appearance and then drift off into the comic sphere where we never see them again.
Linus debuted in September 1952
The first Peanuts TV special was "A Charlie Brown Christmas."
It aired on CBS on December 9, 1965.
One of the most loved specials, the program won an Emmy and Peabody Award for excellence.
"Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, Lucy . . .
how can I ever forget them. . . ."
Peanuts 2000: The 50th Year Of The World's Favorite Comic Strip
We say good-bye to our friends who met us each morning in the newspapers, but we'll never forget the Peanuts gang.
Fifty years have come and gone for our beloved Charlie Brown and friends. This special 50th Anniversary edition shares fond memories from over the years and incorporates it in this lasting treasure.
Peppermint Patty debuted in August 1966
Marcie debuted in July 1971
Rerun debuted in March 1973
Final Peanuts Comic Strip
Final Sunday strip, which came out February 13, 2000: one day after the death of Charles M. Schulz.
In the News ...
Charlie Brown fans can get excited about this announcement that was made on October in 2012. A Peanuts 3D computer animated film will be released in November of 2015 to celebrate 65 years of the comic strip. There will also be a television documentary written by Charles Schulz's family and a friend, covering the 50 year anniversary of the television special "A Charlie Brown Christmas."
More good news, is that the entire "The Complete Peanuts Series" has been reproduced in a 25 volume set. Each May and October a book will be released until the year 2016.
What have you learned?
What happened to:
Violet Gray: In the August 16, 1951 strip Violet was the first to call Charlie Brown a "Blockhead." Debut date: February 7, 1951 to November 27, 1997 (TV) last seen.
Patty (not Peppermint) Debut date: October 2, 1950 - November 27, 1997 (TV) last seen.
Shermy debuted October 2, 1950 - had the very first line of dialogue in the strip series - June 15,1969 last seen.