THE ICONIC Peanuts comic strip was first introduced in 1950 by Charles M. Schulz and has since become a cartoon staple loved by generations.
While many know Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, and Sally as members of the Peanuts gang, the comic strip was not originally called that.
What was the original name of the Peanuts comic?
The Peanuts comics have become one of the most popular comic strips of all time, but the name of it was changed from Charles M. Schulz's original vision.
Previously, it was called Li’l Folks, and it was reportedly changed because the United Feature Syndicate was concerned about possible copyright infringement with a cartoon called Little Folks by Tack Knight that was originally published in the 1930s, according to the Schulz Museum.
Schulz previously suggested naming it Charlie Brown or Good Ol’ Charlie Brown, but it was later decided as Peanuts by the syndicate, a decision Schulz was not happy about.
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"I don’t like the name of my strip at all. I wanted to call it Good Old Charlie Brown, but the person at the syndicate who selected Peanuts just picked it at random from a list of possible titles he jotted down," Schulz said in 1969.
"He hadn’t even looked at the strip when he named it," Schulz continued. "The syndicate compromised on Sunday, though. Once I rebelled and sent it in without any title. We finally agreed to put Peanuts at the top and include Charlie Brown and His Gang in the sub-title on Sunday.”
The Schulz Museum notes that the title was most likely chosen because it was a well-known term for children at the time due to the popular television program The Howdy Doody Show, which featured an audience section for children called the “Peanut Gallery."
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How many Peanuts movies and TV shows are there?
The Peanuts comic strip has been around for over 70 years and has since been made into several TV shows and movies.
To date, there are 45 Peanuts specials.
Some of the most popular include:
- A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)
- A Boy Named Charlie Brown (1969)
- Snoopy Come Home (1972)
- A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (1973)
- It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown! (1974)
- Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown (1975)
- Race For Your Life, Charlie Brown (1977)
- Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (1980)
- It's Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown (1992)
The franchise was then brought back to life in 2015 for the film, The Peanuts Movie.
Who was Charles M. Schulz?
Born November 26, 1922, Charles Monroe "Sparky" Schulz was known as an American cartoonist and the creator of the comic strip Peanuts.
Due to his successful career, he has been widely regarded as one of the most influential cartoonists of all time and is said to have had a major influence on several other well-known cartoonists including Jim Davis, Bill Watterson, Matt Groening, and Dav Pilkey.
From 1951 to 1972, he was married to Joyce Halverson, and he later remarried Jean Schulz in 1973.
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He was also the father of five children, including Craig Schultz, Meredith Hodges, Jill Schulz, Monte Schulz, and Amy Schulz.
Schulz passed away in February 2000 at the age of 77 following a battle with colon cancer.
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