Arts-and-Entertainment Charles M. Schulz was a fixture on the Sunday cartoon pages for over half a century. His main character Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang appeared in over 2,600 newspapers at its peak. Their classic images have become favorites to young and old and will continue to delight people for years to come. Although the last Peanuts comic strip was published on February 13, 2000 (the day after Schulz died), Peanuts art, Peanuts movies and Peanuts characters are still as popular as ever. Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang were not the first success for Schulz as a young cartoonist. His first series "Li’ll Folks" was published from 1947 to 1950 in the St. Paul Pioneer Press. This strip actually featured the appearance of a character named Charlie Brown who appeared four times, however, this version of Charlie Brown was different in appearance each time. Schulz’s next success as a cartoonist was the sale of a single panel cartoon to the Saturday Evening Post in 1948. He ended up selling seventeen single panels to Saturday Evening Post over the course of the next several years. These panels were so rare that they are sought out by collectors. After a syndication deal for "Li’ll Folks" fell through in 1950, he approached United Feature Syndicate with samples of his best strips and Peanuts was born. After its first appearance on October 2, 1950 it quickly became popular and spread to thousands of newspapers. Although the name Charlie Brown came from one of Schulz’s former co-workers, the character shared a lot of experiences with Schulz himself. For example, both Charlie Brown and Schulz had barber fathers and homemaker mothers. They were both very shy and withdrawn around people. Like Charlie Brown, Schulz had a real life "Little Red Haired Girl" whom he loved from afar but never asked out. What set Schulz apart from most other cartoonists is that he drew every comic strip without the assistance of an art staff. He partnered with animator Bill Melendez for a series of popular animated television specials including "A Charlie Brown Christmas," "It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" and "Charlie Brown’s All Stars." After nearly 50 years, Charles Schulz announced his retirement after finding that he had cancer. It was a difficult decision and he was quoted as saying "I always had the feeling that I would stay with the strip until I was in my early eighties or something like that. But all of sudden it’s gone. I did not take it away. This has been taken away from me." After his passing in early 2000 at the age of 77, over 40 comic strip creators honored him en mass on May 27, 2000 by referencing Schulz and the Peanuts characters. Today, Schulz’s creations live on in a variety of different ways. Although the strip is no longer in large circulation, some newspapers run the Sunday strips. Art collectors are also seeing the value in original strips, cells from the animated features and other sketches by the artist. The Peanuts characters can also be seen in Schulz’s native Saint Paul, Minnesota with bronze statues of Charlie Brown, Schroeder, Linus, Sally and Snoopy in the downtown area. The impact of Charles Schulz’s large body of work will definitely last into the future. Whether it is through the animated shows that play each year or the growing collectibles market, Schulz and his Peanuts gang are here to stay. About the Author: 相关的主题文章: