I mentioned I had far too many photos of favorite Peanuts strips to share from my recent visit to the Charles M. Schulz Museum. I included only a few in my recent post about the 100 Years of Charles Schulz celebration I attended. That’s because that post focused primarily on some favorite artifacts on display. So for this Friday Five, I’ll share a few of Sparky’s strips that caught my eye.
Upon entering the museum, I first browsed the changing exhibit hall. All the strips currently on display focused on the subject of sleep. I haven’t slept well in a long time. So, I could really relate with Snoopy here.
After all, it’s a dog’s life. And all those promoting animal welfare and kindness to animals are favorite Peanuts strips.
The best part of browsing so many favorite Peanuts strips on display, was seeing the early strips. Learning the history of Sparky’s career was educational and entertaining. Did you know that Charles Schulz did not like the name “Peanuts” for his strip. That title was given to the strip by his syndicate. It’s in reference to the “Peanut Gallery” on the Howdy Doody show. Sparky called his original strip Li’l Folks.
This small selection by no means represents all my favorite Peanuts strips. There are far too many to mention. If you ever get a chance, visit the Charles M. Schulz museum in Rohnert Park, California. Make a day of it an go skating at the rink Sparky built across the way. That’s where he had breakfast every morning before going to work creating all those favorite Peanuts strips.
You’ll find an exact replica of his studio, where he drew all those characters and their antics. TIP: Be sure to open the archival drawers beneath the displays for an even deeper dive down the Peanuts rabbit hole.
That’s how you’ll learn that Sparky started his career doing lettering for a series of catholic comic books. Check out my previous post about the 100 Years of Charles Schulz event for more photos of favorite Peanuts strips and other fun artifacts from the Charles M. Schulz Museum
100 Years of Favorite Peanuts Strips?
No. Charles Schulz was born on November 26. This year he would have turned 100 years young. With so many creators influenced by his work, I wonder what might happen in the funny pages on his birthday next week.
More thoughts and photos from my visit:
Favorite Peanuts Strips on Display at the Charles M. Schulz Museum