Essay PreviewMore ↓
Charles Schulz has persevered through most of his life to ensure that Americans can laugh when they receive the news paper every morning. He worked every day through cancer and wars and even the death of his parents.
In a career that spanned nearly 50 years, Schulz drew more than 18,250 "Peanuts" comic strips, which expressed a droll philosophy through his trademark characters, including the hapless, angst-ridden Charlie Brown; Snoopy, a romantic, self-deluded beagle; piano-playing Schroeder; security-blanket toting Linus; and self-centered Lucy. No adult was ever pictured, though the garbled voice of a teacher or parent occasionally resonated in the background.
In the beginning
"Peanuts" debuted in 1950 and went on to be the most widely read comic strip in the world, with an audience of 355 million in 75 countries. It ran in 2,600 newspapers and was published in 21 languages, including Serbo-Croatian, Chinese, and Tlingit.
In a tribute to Schulz, President Clinton said, "For 50 years his keen eye, his good and generous heart, and his active brush and pen have given life to the most memorable cast of characters to ever enliven our daily papers."
Schulz died the night before his last strip ran in Sunday papers. In his swan song, he included a signed farewell: "I have been grateful over the years for the loyalty of our editors and the wonderful support and love expressed to me by fans of the comic strip."
Born to draw
Schulz was born on Nov. 26, 1922, in Minneapolis. He knew from an early age that he was destined to draw comics. As a child, he always had pen in hand. Schulz used the pen for illustrating, not homework, as he flunked several courses in high school. At age 15, Ripley's Believe It or Not accepted a drawing of his dog, Spike, "a hunting dog that eats pins, tacks, and razor blades."
He served in World War II in France and Germany. After the war, he dabbled in comics, freelancing for several newspapers and magazines. He drew "Li'l Folks," the predecessor to "Peanuts," for the St. Paul (Minn.) Pioneer Press. In 1950 the United Feature Syndicate began running the strip as "Peanuts," a name Schulz despised. It took several years for the strip to catch on, but when it did, the fire rapidly spread.
How to Cite this Page
"charles schulz." 123HelpMe.com. 29 Mar 2020
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- Charles Monroe Schulz was the creator and cartoonist of the comic strip Peanuts. Charles has won two Peabody awards, two Reuben awards and five Emmy awards on his comic strip. Charles is also a member of the Cartoonist Hall of Fame. When Charles was a boy, he started to draw when he was only six years old. In second grade, he was awarded one of the most outstanding students in his class. When he was older, Charles was so smart that he was allowed to skip two grades in high school. After high school, he took some art classes from the Art Institute.... [tags: Biography ]
1170 words (3.3 pages)
- Good grief, Charlie Brown. It can be said that only Charles Schulz could have created Peanuts. A depressed shy man with debilitating fears sought therapeutic help in the characters and events of the comic strip (Johnson A15). An eagerly religious Schulz said that all events in the strip have to be “authentic” and didactic (Hall 20). Peanuts has made readers laugh with mild wit that is created by children who are full of human weakness (Meier 1A). Berger describes Schulz as a quite shy person who represents the American dream.... [tags: Good grief, Charlie Brown]
4920 words (14.1 pages)
- Eight-teen thousand comics in 50 years sounds crazy and impossible, Right. Wrong, it’s not impossible it has been done before by a guy named Charles Monroe Schultz. Making Comics has been his dream and goal ever since he was a little kid. Charles Schultz was the son of Carl and Dena Schultz. He was born November 26, of 1922 in St. Paul Minnesota. Charles was not known by his real name he was commonly known by ‘Sparky” He was nicknamed that because one of his favorite comic strip characters Spark Plug.... [tags: artists, drawings, Peanuts]
576 words (1.6 pages)
- Peter Singer: Euthanasia By Hope Schulz Suffering is inevitable in human existence. However it is unwritten human morality that it is unethical to cause or prolong human suffering. Why then, when this suffering has become unbearable, should a person not allowed to end their pain. In various nations the practice of euthanasia is highly illegal and any person that assists in ending another person’s life can be charged with murder. These laws are heavily based in religious ethics. However in contemporary society that is moving away from the traditional religious views is it still moral to maintain such religion based laws and ethics.... [tags: Utilitarianism, Suffering, Peter Singer, Ethics]
1814 words (5.2 pages)
- Moods Can Be Contagious Kathryn Schulz, author of Being Wrong, writes, “Beliefs about the world can be at odds with the world itself; that my beliefs can be at odds with yours; that other people do not necessarily know everything I know; and, conversely, that I don’t necessarily know everything other people know.” What a simple, but striking statement to both children and adults alike. The act of believing is magnificent in itself. A person can put together a string of thoughts out of thin air and back it with their whole being regardless if it is factual or not.... [tags: Emotion, Psychology, Feeling, Affect display]
1002 words (2.9 pages)
- Manipulation the art of control,the art to be destructive and play as a villainous character and people obtain this power in many ways.Whether it be from hierarchical power which derives from someone like a Kim Jong UN who enslaves his people from wisdom of the outer world to make himself a God.It can also come from being incredibly deceivable for example from intelligence like Iago from Othello who made Othello kill his wife and himself just by abusing his trait of jealousy.These two seemingly is not the case for Charles manson the architect behind the tate and labianca murders of 10050 cielo drive and 3301 waverly place that got his family to do it.Manson who had an average iq and spent h... [tags: Charles Manson, Charles "Tex" Watson, Sharon Tate]
724 words (2.1 pages)
- The Fiction and Journalism of Charles Dickens Readers of Charles Dickens' journalism will recognize many of the author's themes as common to his novels. Certainly, Dickens addresses his fascination with the criminal underground, his sympathy for the poor, especially children, and his interest in the penal system in both his novels and his essays. The two genres allow the author to address these matters with different approaches, though with similar ends in mind. Two key differences exist, however, between the author's novels and his journalism.... [tags: Charles Dickens]
4560 words (13 pages)
- Charles Darwin began his scientific breakthroughs and upcoming theories when he began an expedition trip to the Galapagos Islands of South America. While studying there, he discovered that each island had its own type of plant and animal species. Although these plants and animals were similar in appearance, they had other characteristics that made them differ from one another and seem to not appear as similar. Darwin questioned why these plants and animals were on these islands and why they are different in ways.... [tags: Essay on Charles Darwin 2014]
468 words (1.3 pages)
- Charles Dickens Charles John Huffam Dickens was born February 7, 1812, in Ports Mouth, Hampshire. In his infancy his family moved to Chatham, where he spent his happiest years and often refers to this time in his novels (1817-1822). From 1822 to 1860 he lived in London, after which he permanently moved to a quiet country cottage in Glads Hill, on the outskirts of Chatham. He grew up in a middle class family. His father was a clerk in the navy pay office and was well paid, but his extravagant living style often brought the family to financial disaster.... [tags: Biography Charles Dickens Papers]
2088 words (6 pages)
- On June 2, 1985, Officer Daniel Wright, of the San Francisco Police Department, was dispatched to a lumberyard where a shoplifting had just occurred. Upon arrival, a store employee informed the officer that an Asian man had concealed a bench vice in his jacket and was seen placing it in the trunk of a 1980 Honda Prelude., and when the employee attempted to question the man he quickly fled on foot. Officer Wright looked into the vehicle and discovered a bag that contained a silenced handgun. At this point a bearded man approached the officer with a sales receipt claiming that he had paid for the vice his friend had taken.... [tags: Capture of Serial Kill Charles Ng Narrative]
956 words (2.7 pages)
Beyond the page
The "Peanuts" characters extended to nearly every medium. The first television special, the Emmy Award-winning A Charlie Brown Christmas, debuted on CBS in 1965; it remains a perennial favorite. The "Peanuts" feature films include A Boy Named Charlie Brown and Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown. Schulz wrote dozens of books, including Peanuts, More Peanuts, and Happiness Is a Warm Puppy.
Charlie Brown had a stage career as well. The Off-Broadway musical You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown debuted in 1967, and was revived on Broadway in 1999. It won two Tony Awards. Ellen Taaffe Zwilich composed the concerto "Peanuts Gallery," which premiered at Carnegie Hall in 1997.
The licensed products also grew. Plastic Charlie Browns and Snoopys debuted in 1958. Hallmark introduced greeting cards in 1960. Now, 20,000 new "Peanuts" products debut each year. The comic strip made Schulz a very wealthy man. Indeed, he reportedly earned between $30 million and $40 million annually.
Devoted to his work
Despite his success, Schulz remained devoted to the "Peanuts," barely taking a day off in his long career. He remained on schedule after quadruple-bypass heart surgery in 1981. In 1997, he reluctantly took five weeks off for his 75th birthday.
For years he drew with a shaky hand, the result of a series of strokes. In addition, he had lost partial sight in one eye. Schulz died on February 12, 2000, in Santa Rosa, California.
Charles Schulz work tiredly for years to keep people happy through hardships such as being rejected, poverty, World War 2, and his parents death for that I believe Charles Schulz has persevered through everything.