Peanuts was a comic strip which ran for nearly 50 years from October 2 1950 to February 13 2000.
It is regarded as one of the most influential comic strips ever to have been created, certainly amongst American cartoon strips, despite the main character, Charlie Brown, being a long way from a classic American hero.
Even in the late 1960s, Charlie Brown and his beagle Snoopy were made mascots of the Apollo 10 lunar mission.
At 17,897 strips, Peanuts has been described as the longest story ever told by Syracuse University's Professor Robert Thompson. Perhaps this is part of the reason why Schulz remains one of the ten top earning dead celebrities, according to the most recent list.
Three items of Schulz/Peanuts memorabilia are currently on the market: a dust-jacketed copy of Charlie Brown and Charlie Schulz (signed), a hardback copy of Snoopy's Philosophy (signed, with hand-drawn picture of Snoopy) and an exceptionally charming original drawing of Snoopy (signed).
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