As a centennial celebration of Charles Schulz’s birth, this course covers the life of the creator of this iconic strip, as well as how the strip set the standard for the contemporary comic page.
Beginning with his early love of the comic strip, we will look at how Charles Schulz became an artist, his early published items (including pieces in the Saturday Evening Post), and his start with the full-time strip.
We will look at how Peanuts evolved stylistically throughout the decades, including major themes of the 1950s; the growth of the strip and evolution of characters in the 1960s; timely issues of the 1970s; the place the strip had taken in American life in the 1980s; and the evolution of themes, characters, and artistic style that gave the 1990s an underappreciated nuance. Finally, in the 2000s and beyond, we look at how the strip has relevance in modern society, the continued growth of fan-base, and the work the Museum and Research Center, continues to do on this iconic strip.
For long-time fans, as well as new ones, this is a celebration of the gift that Charles Schulz gave the world: Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the whole Peanuts gang.