Everyone loves comic book trivia, but with 75 years of superhero comics behind us right now, there’s always some new obscure fact to learn. That’s why ComicsAlliance is going deep into the minutiae of your favorite names in comics in our continuing video series. You think you know comics? Well, here’s a few things you might not know!

Charles Schulz's Peanuts is one of the most popular and influential newspaper comics of all time, running from 1950 until Schulz's death in 2000. Even in the years since that time, Peanuts has continued to run in nearly every major American newspaper in reruns, and thanks to animated specials, movies, and merchandising, Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, Woodstock and the rest are familiar presences all across the world. In this video you can learn about good ol' Charlie Brown and the gang from their earliest days to the end of the strip and beyond.

Show notes:

  • If you only know Peanuts from the TV special or the strips currently being rerun in newspapers, the most important thing you can do right now is buy The Complete Peanuts vol 1 to read the strip from the beginning and see why Schulz is one of the most important and influential cartoonists in the history of newspaper comics.
  • Or just buy all the Complete Peanuts volumes? Volume 25 just came out. The President wrote the introduction.
  • For more of a historical perspective on Schulz and the Peanuts phenomenon, Chip Kidd's Only What's Necessary: Charles M Schulz and the Art of Peanuts is indispensable.
  • Peanuts: A Tribute to Charles M Schulz is what it says on the cover, with modern cartoonists like Paul Pope, Roger Langridge, Matt Groening, Art Baltazar, and Stan Sakai paying homage to a master.

Watch more installments of You Think You Know Comics? below and let us know what comic book characters we should cover next.


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