A few weeks ago, I wrote of artists from
Minnesota. I failed to mention perhaps the
most significant artist in Minnesota history: Charles Monroe Schulz, (1922-2000). A master illustrator and creator of the widely
read and enjoyed comic strip of all time: Peanuts.
Schulz, born in Minneapolis, lived in the twin cities
for nearly forty years. The exceptions
to this, was during his service in World War Two and a brief time spent in Colorado
Ripley’s Believe it or Not
published his first original illustration.
A 1937 drawing featuring the family dog, a hunting dog that ate unusual
household items such as pins and tacks.
This illustration he signed as “Sparky” a family nickname for the young
Seventy years ago, October 2, 1950, seven newspapers
published the first Peanuts comic strip.
The syndicated comic grew to the point 2600 newspapers in 75 countries carried
the daily antics of the Peanuts gang.
Schulz instated on doing the drawings and lettering himself. In the end he produced an estimated 17,897
strips. The comic also outlived the
creator. Schulz died on February 12, 2000. The last Peanuts strip published the
Although the comic syndicate owned the strips, they
agreed with Schulz that no other artist be allowed to carry on with the Peanuts
strip. Since his death, until today,
the Peanuts strip reruns remain a popular segment of local newspapers.
Although lived outside of Minnesota for the last forty
some years of his life, Charles Monroe Schulz remains a significant artist in