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43 The First and Funniest Comic Strip
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eanuts is one of the most popular comic strips of all time. First appearing on
October 2, 1950, Peanuts eventually ran in more than 2,600 newspapers in
75 countries. The comic had a major influence on other strips by making the four-
panel comic strip the standard in American newspapers.
Charlie Brown and Snoopy are just 15
two of the many characters created
by cartoonist Charles M. Schulz. Like
Charlie Brown, Schulz was a very shy
boy in school. He also felt like a failure
when his high school refused to put his 20
artwork in its yearbook. Even so, he
learned to carry on through hard times.
The main character of Peanuts is the shy, lovable loser Charlie Brown. It
seems that whatever Charlie Brown tries to do, he fails. Whenever he flies a kite,
it gets stuck in a tree; he loses every baseball game; he never receives any cards
on Christmas or Valentine's Day. Nonetheless, he wins over the reader's heart
because he never gives up hope and never stops trying.
Another popular character in Peanuts is Charlie Brown's dog, Snoopy. Snoopy 10
is a beagle with a vivid imagination. Sitting atop his doghouse, he daydreams
about being a World War I jet pilot, a best-selling author, and "Joe Cool," a cool
college student. Also, even though he's just a dog, he's the best player on Charlie
Brown's baseball team.
▲ Charles M. Schulz