Charles Schulz (American, 1922-2000). Original "Peanuts" comic strip, the daily strip for Sunday, September 9, 1973. Black ink over pencil on drawing board. Pencil signed in the first panel and inscribed "For all my friends at Gordon School - Every best wish - Charles M. Schulz." The United Feature Syndicate copyright notice is affixed to the board in the seventh (bottom row, center) 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 countryâ€“and worldâ€“falling in love with his quirky cast of characters and charming illustrations.
The present lot typifies the characteristics for which Schulzâ€™s comics were best-loved. It shows the charactersâ€™ personalities, always distinctive and lovingly mocked by Schulz. The strength of the character depictions, together with Schulzâ€™s crisp, mobile linework, makes this a wonderful example of a Peanuts daily strip and of Schulzâ€™s facility with character. Sight; height: 16 1/2 x width: 23 1/2 in. Framed; height: 19 1/2 in x width: 26 1/4 in.