Charles M. Schulz
Why we chose Charles Schulz
Beginnings of his career
The 1960's is known as the "Golden Age" for Schulz and his career. In this time Charles Schulz earned the Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year in 1955 (and again in 1964)
In the early 1960's, Schulz was approached by a young television producer named Lee Mendelson for the purpose of filming a documentary. Although the documentary never aired, their meeting marked the start of a lifelong collaboration, and they soon teamed up to create the television special A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965).
Comics that made a fortune
On March 6, 1961, Schulz introduced Frieda to the Peanuts comic strip. A little girl with “naturally curly hair,” Frieda was often shown holding her cat Faron, whom Schulz named after the country-western musician, Faron Young. Although Faron’s appearance was brief, Frieda became a regular character in the strip.
Connie Boucher, a talented window designer from San Francisco, contacted Schulz to pitch her concept for Peanuts datebook calendars. Schulz liked her ideas, as well as her ambitious spirit, and gave his stamp of approval. Happiness is a Warm Puppy was written and illustrated by Charles M. Schulz, and spent 45 weeks on The New York Times Best-Seller list. The company Boucher founded went on to become one of the most prolific licensees of Peanuts – producing plush dolls, clothing, toys, and much more.
The rise in Snoopy’s popularity in the 1960s had a direct connection to his change from a four-legged pet to a two-legged, highly-imaginative and equal character in the strip, which allowed Schulz to take his story lines in new directions.
In his life, Charles Schulz earned over one billion dollars just from a simple cartoon idea that became something special.
Charles M. Schulz created over 17,897 comics between 1960 to 2000, and got his one of his biggest boosts of popularity in 1960. He also started to make Peanuts themed gift cards.
In 1964 he revived another award after the one he got in 55. This is the highest point so far he has reached.In 1966 Charles won an award for his comics and work which was the George Foster Peabody.
Charles Schulz announced retirement in December 1999 which shocked thousands of his fans world wide to be one of the greatest newspaper events of his time.