Charles Schulz (American, 1922-2000). Original "Peanuts" comic strip, the daily strip for September 25, 1968. Black ink over pencil on drawing board. Signed in the fourth panel. The United Feature Syndicate copyright notice is affixed to the board in the first panel.
Charles Schulz grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota, and fostered a love of comics throughout his childhood. He spent his later teen years studying drawing and cartoon work through a correspondence course with Art Instruction Schools. Following deployment in Europe during WWII, Schulz returned to St. Paul and got a job working as an instructor for the Art Instruction Schools. After a short lived comic strip for the St. Paul Pioneer Press, he hit it big with Peanuts in 1950, which was syndicated by United Features. The strip quickly became an enormous success, with legions of fans across the countryñand worldñfalling in love with his quirky cast of characters and charming illustrations.
The present lot typifies the characteristics for which Schulzís comics were best-loved. It shows the charactersí personalities, always distinctive and lovingly mocked by Schulz. Here, Lucy, the ìcrabby face,î is at her crabby finest, and Snoopy is lively and impetuous, torturing Lucy with the dog germs she so hates. The strength of the character depictions, together with Schulzís crisp, mobile linework, makes this a wonderful example of a Peanuts daily strip and of Schulzís facility with character.Sight; height: 5 1/4 in x width: 26 1/2 in. Framed; height: 11 in x width: 32 1/4 in.
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