I t really was a dark and stormy night. On February 12, , Charles Schulz—who had single-handedly drawn some 18, Peanuts comic strips, who refused to use assistants to ink or letter his comics, who vowed that after he quit, no new Peanuts strips would be made—died, taking to the grave, it seemed, any further adventures of the gang. It had been going for five decades. Schulz hated and resented the name Peanuts , which was foisted on him by United Feature Syndicate.
Why I loved Charlie Brown and the Peanuts cartoons
Why I loved Charlie Brown and the Peanuts cartoons | Life and style | The Guardian
Peanuts is a syndicated daily and Sunday American comic strip written and illustrated by Charles M. Schulz that ran from October 2, , to February 13, , continuing in reruns afterward. Peanuts is among the most popular and influential in the history of comic strips, with 17, strips published in all,  making it "arguably the longest story ever told by one human being". Peanuts focuses entirely on a social circle of young children, where adults exist but are never seen and rarely heard.
I n frame one, Charlie Brown is shuffling along, baseball cap peak drooping to the ground. As a child, I loved Charles M Schulz for comic strips such as this. For adults, the only certainties in life were death and taxes. For kids like me and Charlie Brown there was a third one — our constant companion is, and will always be, worry.