60 Jahre Peanuts

Gestern feierten Charles M. Schulz' Peanuts ihren 60. Geburtstag und die Gang ist dabei keinen Tag älter geworden! Herzlichen Glückwunsch, Charlie Brown!

Die Peanuts-Strips kann man sich auf Comics.com komplett online durchlesen, hier der allererste Peanuts-Strip, hier der letzte, erschienen einen Tag nach Charles Schultz' Tod. In den 50 Jahren dazwischen gab's ne Menge Football, Baseball, Depressionen und noch mehr Liebe. Hier noch ein typischer Charlie Brown, danach 'ne Handvoll Links.

CNet hat Bilder aus dem Schulz-Museum (und die haben – natürlich! – einen Baum in dem ein Drache hängt): At home with Charlie Brown and the 'Peanuts' gang: „The museum features a series of rotating exhibits, including those that celebrate some of the experiments that Schulz tried--and rejected--in his strips, as well as a group of terrific sculptures, and other memorabilia.“

Das Portrait links wurde gestern vom Smithsonian Museum vorgestellt: 'PEANUTS' TURNS 60: Smithsonian pays tribute this weekend with portrait unveiling & Family Day: „This morning at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery, a photograph of Schulz will be unveiled in a private ceremony. The 1986 portrait and an original comic strip will be on view after the ceremony, in the museum's New Arrivals exhibit.“

Time Magazine hat eine sehr schöne Story: A Brief History of Peanuts

When Alex Davis was two years old, he pointed to a drawing his father had done and exclaimed, "Snoopy." The problem: his father was Jim Davis, the creator of Garfield, and the picture was of the cat he made famous. Charles Schulz’s black-and-white dog is so beloved, though, that a lasagna-loving cat can’t even compete. Saturday, Oct. 2 marks 60 years since Schulz's first Peanuts strip hit newspapers. Since then, Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the gang have become the most recognizable cartoon characters in America — and have left an indelible mark on American culture.

Yet leave it to the man behind Charlie Brown to experience disappointment before success. In 1947, Schulz started a cartoon feature called L’il Folks for the St. Paul Pioneer Press. It was a flop, never achieving a permanent spot in the paper. In 1950, he compiled his strips and sold the series to the United Features Syndicate, which changed its name to Peanuts. Schulz originally resisted the name change. "I wanted to keep Li'I Folks," he told TIME in 1965. "I wanted a strip with dignity and significance. Peanuts made it sound too insignificant."

Salon fragt, ob Comic-Strips in Zeitungen tot sind: Good grief! "Peanuts" and the death of comics - Charlie Brown turns 60 today, but it's a gloomy reminder that no strip will ever be as beloved, or as important

Hero Complex hat ein kurzes Interview mit der Charles Schulz' Tochter Jill: ‘Peanuts’ at 60? That makes Snoopy 253 years old

SK: I can’t believe Snoopy is going to be 253 years old — in dog years — on Monday.

JS: That’s really old. He’s looking good!

(Youtube Direktdance, via Lines and Color)