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Charles M. Schulz

Photo by Tom Vano. © Peanuts Worldwide LLC. Courtesy of the Charles M. Schulz Museum.

(1922 – 2000)

California Connection

  • Lived and worked in California from 1958-2000


Biography current as of induction in 2015

Charles M. Schulz, best known for the iconic comic strip Peanuts, was one of the most influential cartoonists of all time, whose innovation continues to inspire cartoonists and fans today.

Schulz’s early series of one-panel cartoons, Li’l Folks, was published from 1947 to 1950 in the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Schulz approached United Feature Syndicate with the single-panel series, but they preferred a version in comic strip format. Peanuts made its debut on October 2, 1950 in seven newspapers. The cartoon eventually became one of the most popular comic strips ever created, published in over 2,600 newspapers. At its peak, “Peanuts” was read by more than 355 million people in 75 countries and 21 languages.

Through the use of characters in national ad campaigns, the creation of Emmy-Award winning television specials and the development of books and merchandise, the comic strip grew into a worldwide phenomenon, resulting in Schulz’s regular appearance on Forbes magazine’s list of highest-paid entertainers in America.

Schulz drew over 17,897 “Peanuts” comic strips in his nearly 50-year career. He was awarded the highest honors by his fellow cartoonists, was recognized by U.S. and foreign governments, had NASA spacecrafts named after his characters, and inspired an Off-Broadway musical and a performance at Carnegie Hall. 

Awards & Recognition

  • Emmy Award winner
  • Congressional Gold Medal
  • Hollywood Walk of Fame star
  • Commander of Arts and Letters
  • 2-time recipient of the Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year
  • U.S. Army Combat Infantryman Badge

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