The comic strip Peanuts made its debut on 2nd October,1950. The strip’s creator, Charles M Schultz was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1922.
He decided that he would become a cartoonist when he was in first grade. Young Charles, or “Sparky” as he was then known, skipped two and a half grades of grammar school, so he was always the youngest and smallest in the room, and the other kids picked on him.
He became a shy, timid teenager, failing at least one subject every year of high school. Discouraged, Schulz gave up on going to college and enrolled in an art school as a correspondence student.
In 1950, he approached a large U.S. syndication service with the best of his work, and he was given a syndication of eight local papers in a variety of U.S. cities.
When Schulz sold his first strip to the United Feature Syndicate, it was the Syndicate that changed the name from Li’l Folks to Peanuts – a name that Schulz himself never liked.
The very first strip was four panels long and showed Charlie Brown walking by two other young children, Shermy and Patty. (Snoopy was the also an early character in the strip, but he did not appear in the very first one.)
The strip was an almost immediate success that expanded from its original eight newspapers to more than 2,600 papers in 75 countries at its peak.
It was Peanuts that helped to cement the four panel gag strip as the standard in the United States and together with its merchandise earned Schulz more than $1 billion. Reprints of the strip are still syndicated and run in almost every U.S. newspaper.