The Birth of the “Peanuts” Gang

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“On this day in 1950, America was introduced to the Peanuts gang, Charles M. Schulzs comic strip focusing on the life of a pint-sized, good-natured kid named Charlie Brown, his friends Shermy and Patty, and his beagle, Snoopy. In honor of the lovable strips anniversary, DYR brings you a few facts you probably didn’t know about Peanuts.

The original comic strip was called Li’l Folks and ran in the St. Paul Pioneer Press. The name was changed when the United Feature Syndicate picked it up so that the public wouldn’t be confused with Li’l Abner or Little Folks. The new name came from the peanut gallery on Howdy Doody, which Schulz hated because it had no dignity.


Since its creation, Peanuts has appeared in more than 2,600 newspapers in 75 countries, has been translated to 21 languages, and gained a readership of 355 million people.Currently, there are eight Peanuts-themed Planet Snoopy sections in amusement parks across the country, including Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom in Pennsylvania, California Great America, and Cedar Point and Kings Island in Ohio.

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Sally was the first character to be written into the script from birth, when she was introduced as Charlie Brown’s baby sister in 1959.Prior to his death in 2000, which was also the last year Peanuts featured original columns, Schulz had drawn nearly 18,000 strips and, at one point, earned an estimated $1 billion per year from merchandising and product endorsements, which isn’t, well, peanuts.

Early Peanuts comic strips featured only four characters: Charlie Brown, Shermy, Patty and Snoopy, the beagle.

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Woodstock the bird was named after the Woodstock Festival.

Long a part of holiday festivities, Peanuts characters have been featured in every Macy Thanksgiving Day Parade since the debut of the Aviator Snoopy balloon in 1968.

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To commemorate the 65th anniversary of the comic strip, Fox and Blue Sky Studios are working on Peanuts movie that is scheduled for release in November 2015.

 

 


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