“I don’t think I will ever be able to attain the stature of an artist like Rembrandt or Picasso—even though more people know Snoopy than anything Picasso and other great painters have done,” Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz once said.
His beloved comic strip celebrates its 60th anniversary this year. Since the first strip introduced good ol’ Charlie Brown on Oct. 2, 1950, Peanuts has expanded to more than 2,200 newspapers in 75 countries and 25 languages. To celebrate the milestone, Andrews McMeel Publishing worked with Schulz’s wife Jean and the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, Calif., to put together Celebrating Peanuts: 60 Years ($75), a 500-page, hardcover heavyweight that chronicles the artist’s life work.
Broken into decades, the book presents more than 50 years of Peanuts strips, some black line, some scanned from newspaper tear sheets, and others in their original Sunday color. From Schulz’s first comic in 1950 to his farewell comic on Feb. 13, 2000, published just hours after his death, you’ll see the evolution of a man and his beloved characters—watch as Snoopy’s face changes from a puppy into the memorable mug we know today, and notice the change in Schulz’s pen line as he battles with trembling hands in later years.
To order a copy of the book, visit www.andrewsmcmeel.com.