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Revisiting the Peanuts Gang

Can you believe it ... on October 2nd, 2020 the Peanuts Cartoon will turn 70 years old and it's still as popular as ever! That's says a lot for the creator Charles M. Schulz doesn't it?

If you are a follower of the classic Peanuts Cartoons, you may be interested in some fun facts about the original characters. With the introduction of characters and time periods you will find the books in which they became part of the ongoing series.

Enjoy ... the gang's all here!

Good Grief, the Gang's All Here

Are you a fan of the Peanuts Gang? How much do you know about the comic strip? In doing some research for a writing project I came across some interesting facts about our beloved characters from cartoonist Charles Schulz. For instance, "Who is Violet?" and "There were two Pattys."

There has always been a special place in my heart for these fun characters. Perhaps it was because in some way I could relate to all of them.

After I was married I began to collect various cartoon artist books, including Peanuts. It was surprising to see just how many I didn't have and could no longer buy. That's not a problem anymore, because there are sets now available to find the ones that I missed. Even better news is that there are more surprises to come in the next few years revealing information about our favorite cartoonist and the stories behind the characters.

Do you know someone who loves the Peanuts Gang? Boxed gift sets are ideal for them, and they only increase in value over the years. It's nice to be able to give a gift that goes up as the years go by.

Don't forget to take the fun quiz at the bottom.

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The Character(s) within Me.

I can't actually say that the Peanuts Cartoon Comic strip was a life altering experience, but it did help me to see things in a different light. Let me explain a few of the reasons why these little guys made their way into my heart.

The Person that Should Be in Me. Charlie Brown is representative of a child who cares for people, even though he isn't always treated fairly. To me it is an example of how a Christian should live, but don't all the time. He is always forgiving no matter what people do or say to him. At times he becomes discouraged, but then he sees something in the situation that brings him out of his disappointment. Charlie is willing to let people into his circle regardless of their background, embracing everyone for who they are. Oh if we could remember to live our lives through the eyes of a child.

The Dreamer in Me. Snoopy is a character I can relate to because he just loves life and is creative in the way he sees it. That taps into my own way of looking at things as I embrace every situation with rose colored glasses.

I've Got the Music in Me. Schroeder is the child prodigy that I wished I would have become, but never persisted with the God given talents I have for music. He is faithful to practicing, without his parents coaching him on I would suspect. Nothing comes between him and his music. I wish I could say the same.

The Hidden Spunk in Me. Lucy is the bold girl that I wish I was, but in a nicer way.

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The Romantic in Me. What we'll do for love. Sally is a true romantic at heart and never gives up on the hopes that one day she will win her Prince's heart. I think every girl has a vision of the perfect guy that will fawn over her with pure delight. For me, I don't want a momma's boy, but if all he wants to cling to is his blankie, I'd take that as a positive thing and count it as a win these days!

The Loyal Side in Me. Woodstock is the friend that I hope I am to others. No matter what crazy antics Snoopy is up to, he is game (no pun intended).

The Kind Heart in Me. Out of all the characters, Franklin has to be the one that tugs on a person's heart. He never has a bad word to say about anyone, even though he knows the way people act. Wouldn't it be wonderful if the only thing a person could find to say about us is that we never spoke an unkind word?

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The Cartoon Strip "Peanuts"

I can't actually say that the Peanuts Cartoon Comic strip was a life altering experience, but it did help me to see things in a different light.

Charlie was representative of a child who cared for people, even though he wasn't treated fairly. To me it is an example of how a Christian should live.

Snoopy is a character I can relate to because he just loves life and is creative in the way he sees it. That taps into my own way of looking at things as I embrace every situation with rose colored glasses.

Schroder is the child prodigy that I wished I would have become, but never persisted with the God given talents I have for music.

Lucy is the bold girl that I wish I was, but in a nicer way.

Woodstock is the friend that I hope I am to others.

Charlie Brown Medley - ThePianoGuys - Sharing the joy we have with Peanuts.

Charlie Brown brings out the kid in all of us. Watch how the Piano Guys minister to a group of people in a senior citizens home and what they all end up doing!

Charlie Brown Medley - ThePianoGuys

Peanuts the Comic Strip

In its first syndication the Peanuts comic strip made its debut on October 2, 1950. It appeared as a four panel spot and would be run daily in nine of the top newspapers of that time.

You can see from the photo above that the character did change over the years, but the four introductory "kids" were Charlie Brown, Shermy, Patty and Snoopy which would be introduced on October 4th.

What made this comic strip fly off the charts was its topic. Even though we didn't know the names of the other two children, Shermy, a child, openly expressed his hatred for Charlie brown; this was something that had not been done in any comic strip.

Over the next twenty years more outspoken, shy, quirky characters were introduced into the storyline, making their way into the hearts of its readers.

Having full control over the design of the layout, Schulz didn't introduce color or backgrounds into the strip until many years later. He did employ people to produce the books though.

The appearance of the characters was basic. They were short, mainly round faced with smaller eyes, but they pretty much looked the same except for Charlie.

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The Beginning of Peanuts ~ Charlie Brown - He made his first appearance on October 2, 1950.

Charlie Brown - Wikipedia

Charlie Brown - Wikipedia

Oh no! Here he comes ...

It's no wonder the world warmed up to what seemed to be the biggest loser of all time. Even with all his short comings, (stature jokes aside), Charlie shows up time after time no matter the outcome.

Sorry the original video isn't working: Profile: Charlie Brown (Official)

Peanuts 1950-1952 - Vol.1 ~ The Complete Peanuts in Hardcover

This is the first archival edition of the bestselling comic strip. It is unique in that some of these have never been seen or printed publically. In this volume the beginning years of Peanuts is presented as it was made public worldwide in black and white.

Although there were many books also published along with the newspaper strip, some of them were not collected because the column kept changing as the creator designed it.

What many don’t know is that Charles Schulz also showed the first character as infants in early designs and even Snoopy as a puppy.

The Complete Peanuts 1950-1952: Vol. 1 Hardcover Edition (Vol. 1) (The Complete Peanuts)

Peanuts 1953-1954 - Vol.2 ~ The Complete Peanuts in Paperback

After the first volume came out, people couldn't wait to see the second with more hidden secrets of the Peanuts gang.

By the third season the cast doubled to eight with the introduction of Violet, Lucy, Pigpen and Linus (who didn't speak at the time). We also get a glimpse at when the infamous blanket of little Linus appears.

The characters matured and toddler Lucy becomes more forceful and the world becomes infatuated with the characters endearing lingo with words such as "fussbudget."

During this time period Charlie's dog Snoopy makes some dramatic changes with the abilities to think and act like a human, challenging those around him.

For a collector this would be a good choice to make, because most of the selections in this edition have never been printed outside of the original date of the newspaper strip back in the 50's. So for many of us, these would be new to see.

The Complete Peanuts 1950-1954 - Box Set in Paperback

Schroeder from Peanuts Comic Strip

Schroeder (Peanuts) - Wikipedia

Schroeder (Peanuts) - Wikipedia

A Favorite of Mine ~ Schroeder - Debutes on May 3, 1951.

Schroeder is one of my favorites in the Peanuts group. I suppose it's because I love the piano. What I like about him is the way he handles situations and keeps on playing, as if music soothed his soul.

You hardly ever see him without his toy piano except if he is out playing ball with Charlie Brown. Most of the time, we see Schroeder trying to fight off the advances from the bold character Lucy, while continuing his musical concert of Beethoven's classics.

Click here if video isn't working: Profile: Schroeder (Official)

Schroeder - official video

Lucy Van Pelt (she has a last name!) - Debuted March 3rd, 1952.

Lucy Van Pelt - Peanuts Cartoon WIkipedia

Lucy Van Pelt - Peanuts Cartoon WIkipedia

Not So Modern Day Lucy

In modern day terms, Lucy might be considered a female bully. However, at times, well ... rarely, we do see a kinder side of her.

Although Lucy is somewhat bossy, quite loud and overwhelming, she's not that bad of a big sister to little brother Linus (even though she does tease him). When she isn't pushing herself off on Schroeder, Miss Van Pelt can often be found in her psychiatrist's booth peddling advice for 5 cents a session.

What I remember most about her is how Lucy explodes when Snoopy kisses her and she shouts, "I've kissed dog lips!"

Click here if video isn't working: Profile: Lucy (Official)

Lucy - official video

The Doctor Is In Lucy Peanuts Gang 2010 Hallmark Ornament

Snoopy ~ the Flying Beagle - Debuted Ooctober 4th, 1950.


Mr. Joe Cool Himself - Snoopy!

Snoopy has got to be one of the most creative characters we have seen in comics.

I guess you could say he was the equivalent of the television icon "The Fonz", being the coolest of cool, thus the ever so popular "Joe Cool."

He can do almost anything he can dream, and he's great at it to boot. A world class pilot, writer, ball player, musician, chef and expert at whatever else he does. Some may say his only downfall is the neighbor's cat.

There has been a question as to the birthdate of Snoopy, but officially he was given the birthday of August 10th even though he didn't appear in the comic strip until the 4th of October. No one knew the name of Charlie Brown's dog though until November 10th, 1950.

This unseemly, "super dog" wasn't always known as Snoopy. Mr. Schulz originally called the dog Sniffy, but was forced to change it because there already was a comic strip character by that name. He decided on the name Snoopy based on what his mother once told him, that if she had another dog she would name it Snoopy."

In the beginning our not so shy pup was introduced as a silent character, but by May 27th, 1953 he was given a thought bubble in which gave him a "voice" to the readers. This took the character to a new level with the audience.

Click here if video isn't working: Profile: Snoopy (Official)

The Day Snoopy was Adopted!

A Day in the Life of Snoopy!

Snoopy Official Video

Pigpen ~ the original "dust buddy" - Debuted on July 13th, 1954

Pig Pen

Pig Pen

Comic Dust Bunny!

Causing a dust storm wherever he does, our little happy-go-lucky friend seems content with his surroundings. He comes off as if he is an authoritarian and doesn't get ruffled by his comrades.

Although he is never in the limelight, you always know when he is around!

Click here if video isn't working: Profile: Pigpen (Official)

Pig Pen Official Video

The Complete Peanuts 1955-1958 - Box Set ~ Hardcover

The series continues with this Complete Peanuts 1955-1958 third and fourth volumes.

We see much more interaction among the characters by now with Linus learning to talk, Lucy's unrequited love interest with Schroeder and Snoopy becoming less "dog" like.

Quite like the last set, this one also contains some of the strips that have never been seen since they first went to print.

As the decade ends, the Peanuts gang enters into uncharted territory in the cartoon realm. Linus' security blanket becomes more in the forefront, sporting events emerge more often and other characters (like penguins and sea monsters) are brought into the picture but don't hang around for future episodes.

The Complete Peanuts 1955-1958 - Box Set ~ Paperback

Peanuts 1957-1958 (Vol.4) - The Complete Peanuts

Toward the end of the decade Charlie Brown begins to share the spotlight with his feisty dog Snoopy getting into more trouble, taking Linus' blanket.

Little Linus is now talking and feuding with Lucy and his love for his blanket is even more endearing. Episodes include Pig Pen, Violet, the first Patty, Shermy and musically inclined Schroeder.

Peanuts 1957-1958 (Vol.4) - The Complete Peanuts

Sally - Debuted on August 23rd, 1959

Sally Brown - Peanuts Character

Sally Brown - Peanuts Character

Introducing Sister Sally Brown

Who, what, why? Little sister Sally has a heap of questions for big brother Charlie. Why doesn't Linus, the love of her life love her? What is this or that ... Why can't ... and questions keep coming. When Charlie can't give her any answers, Sally simply figures it doesn't matter and moves on.

If video is working click here: Profile: Sally Official Video

Profile Sally (official)

The Complete Peanuts 1959-1962 - Vol. 5 & 6 Box Set

In this fifth edition Patty adorns the cover. It is here that we are introduced to Lucy's 5 cents for counseling psychiatrist booth and the Great Pumpkin Patch.

Snoopy is up to his scheming tactics as he keeps stealing Linus' blanket. We are introduced to Charlie Brown's little sister Sally and her infatuation with Linus.

A collector will like having the nearly 100 comic strips that have never been published in book form. The introduction to this volume is by Whoopi Goldberg where she shares her favorite characters and her tattoo of it.

Volume 6 starts off in a new decade with new characters Frieda and her cat. By now Sally is getting bigger and in kindergarten. Something many children don't like is wearing glasses and we learn all about it when Linus gets his and has a crush on his teacher Miss Othmar.

You will be pleased to read that Charlie Brown's baseball team actually wins a game (one of the few).

Award winning jazz player Diana Krall graces us with the introduction. This exceptional volume has some of the original comics that have never been seen anywhere else except when they were first published.

The Complete Peanuts 1959-1962 - Vol. 5 & 6 Box Set

The Complete Peanuts 1963-1966 - Volumes 7 & 8 Box Set ~ Hardcover

One of the funniest things I find in in this comic strip is when Charlie Brown is on the telephone. It's in the seventh volume where we are introduced to "555 95472", but he likes to be referred to as just "5".

A truly rare volume with more than 1/5th of it never being released since the first published date, including some lost episodes.

Some of you may remember Bill Melendez who did the animation in the Peanuts television specials including A Charlie Brown Christmas. He shares his thoughts and accounts of the most loved kids in comics.

In Volume 8 we see a real change in the setting with Snoopy being the second main character. We come into contact with the Red Baron and the fact that Snoopy wants to be a writer.

Charlie makes a friend, Roy, at summer camp and a new character Peppermint Patty comes on the scene.

The Complete Peanuts 1963-1966 - Volumes 7 & 8 Box Set ~ Hardcover

Some of the most watched Charlie Brown Specials - That is with the exception of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" topping the list.

Click here for these fun videos in the Peanuts Comic series.

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

The Charlie Brown And Snoopy Show A Charlie Brown Celebration

I Want a Dog For Christmas, Charlie Brown

A Charlie Brown's Christmas Tales

A Boy Named Charlie Brown 1969

Woodstock ~ His first appearance was April 4th, 1967 - He didn't actually get named until June of 1970.

Woodstock - Peanuts character. Wikipedia

Woodstock - Peanuts character. Wikipedia

They could have named him "faithful" - Little Woodstock!

I don't know about you, but the little yellow bird Woodstock who became the shadow of Snoopy, is a favorite of mine. I love his faithfulness to his friend regardless of how screwy the situation may be.

Woodstock is the jack of all trades, whether he is a mechanic, language translator, secretary or hang out buddy of Snoopy's. No one could have a more loyal friend.

Profile: Woodstock (Official)

Woodstock (official)

The Complete Peanuts 1967-1970 - Vol. 9 & 10 Box Set

If you are a real Snoopy fan then you might like this collection, which is mainly the "Snoopy" '67-'70 edition. In these years we come to love the multi-personality pup as he sets out into the world outside of his master, Charlie Brown.

We come to love Woodstock, the new best friend of Snoopy and meet a new character named Franklin.

The Complete Peanuts 1967-1970 - Vol. 9 & 10 Box Set

Franklin Armstrong - Debuted on July 31, 1968

Franklin Armstrong Peanuts Character - WIkipedia

Franklin Armstrong Peanuts Character - WIkipedia

A new friend - Franklin.

I think out of all of Charlie Brown's friends, Franklin has to be the kindest and most loyal. Through all of the mishaps and mess-ups, Franklin sticks by his friend Charlie.

In these strips we get to see the kids at school, with Peppermint Patty, Lucy and the others adding to the mix of activities for the Peanuts gang.

Profile: Franklin (Official)

Franklin - official

The Complete Peanuts 1971-1974 - Vol. 11-12 Box Set ~ Hardcover

By now little Sally is making her way to front stage and becomes the cover girl for this volume of comics for The Complete Peanuts 1971-1972 edition. This book starts out with an introduction by actress Kristin (Wicked) Chenoweth, who won a Tony for her performance as Sally in "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown."

Our young friends go off to summer camp and it is here where Peppermint Patty gets to thinking that Charlie Brown likes her. Of course, you know she has a mind of her own in the way she looks at life, so we all know reality hasn't set foot in her way of thinking when it comes to good old Charlie.

Back at school Peppermint Patty is in trouble again violating the school's dress code policy. Will Marcie get her friend out of trouble?

One of the funniest strips in this series is the "Tales of Woodstock and Worm School". Poor little fella, he falls in love with his prey.

The ever so proud Lucy knocks one out of the ball park during a game, and becomes a big sister too with little brother Rerun being born.

Volume 12 Billie Jean King, tennis giant and friend of the artist Schulz introduces this part of the series. In the next volume, The Complete Peanuts 1973-1974 Marcie gets put into the limelight and everyone gets to see her outrageous costumes and hairstyles. Peppermint Patty trusts her friend and becomes a laughing stock for the skating competition.

Now with three kids in the Van Pelt family (Lucy, Linus and Rerun) it was just a matter of time before we see Rerun getting drafted onto the baseball team. This tiny "peanut" brings a win to whichever team he is on because no one can strike him out.

Toward the end of the season one of Charlie Brown's illusions makes its way into reality, causing him to wear a paper bag on his head due to a rash. He continues his persistence to keep a covering over the unsightly breakout even at camp, where he discovers people do like him as "Mr. Sack" (because they don't know it's Charlie). His adventures at camp turn out to be pretty good that summer, something we don't often see for "good old Charlie Brown."

The Complete Peanuts 1971-1974 - Vol. 11-12 Box Set ~ Hardcover

The Complete Peanuts 1975-1978 - Vol. 13-14 Boxed Set ~ Hardcover

Volume 13 The Complete Peanuts 1975-1976 reaches a milestone with 25 years under its belt. What better way to celebrate than with the introduction of a new character.

SNL's Robert Smigel takes a crack at the introduction in keeping with his comedic background, and it only seems fitting with all the new pranks that are pulled during this season's comics.

The season starts out with Snoopy in the forefront where we learn about his family. It is at this time where we find out that Snoopy has a brother Spike who is a roamer and a sister Bell who lives in Kansas City. He ends up with his leg in a cast and in a love triangle over a girl named Truffles.

Another character that is predominate this year is Peppermint Patty. With all her antics in public school, she is enrolled in a private setting only to find out that this isn't the school she should have attended. But thanks to Snoopy, she was accepted. You can only imagine what kind of school it was!

Snoopy and Peppermint Patty make a pact and travel to enter the Powderpuff Derby.

Volume 14 Fast approaching the end of a decade, Schulz spends time developing his newest characters. The Complete Peanuts 1977-1978 edition is well spoken of in the introduction written by actor Alex Baldwin.

The artist takes five weeks to work out the Charlie Brown scenario where he makes a run for it to escape penalties from the EPA over the Kite Eating tree episode.

Here we discover the talents Charlie has when he is put to the task of coaching the Goose Eggs, where we meet some new characters including Milo.

Sally's heart is being broken as Linus is spending time with Truffles and giving her his attention, all the while his security blanket is being stolen away by the neighborhood cat.

The Complete Peanuts 1971-1974, Vol. 11-12 Hardcove

The Complete Peanuts 1979-1982 - Vol. 15-16 Boxed Set ~ Hardcover

Volume 15 With the beginning of a new decade comes new trends and style, beginning with Peppermint Patty and her new corn-row hair do.

A new story line is one with Charlie Brown having to spend time in the hospital. This is ground breaking in comic strip news.

Snoopy is still figuring out what he wants to be as he pursues new ventures in search of the right career. He even attempts being a pilot in his new airline, with the assistance of not so lovely, Lucy Van Pelt being the travel agent. Little brother Linus lends a hand at baggage, with Marcie as the stewardess (that's what they called them then).

Volume 16 The Complete Peanuts 1981-1982 moves forward with Snoopy's family. Brother Spike has been drafted into Snoopy's Army and a new addition named Marbles, who has spotted ears.

Baseball is still a big part of Charlie Brown's life, in which he makes a trade of "himself" to Peppermint Patty's team. Later he switches back and finds out the team is in jeopardy of losing their baseball field.

Sally and Linus are at it once more as he insists she is not his girlfriend. The season finished with the introduction of a few characters that make a single appearance and then drift off into the comic sphere where we never see them again.

The Complete Peanuts 1979-1982 - Vol. 15-16 Boxed Set ~ Hardcover

Linus Van Pelt debuted in September 1952.

Linus Van Pelt Peanuts Chaacter

Linus Van Pelt Peanuts Chaacter

Linus Van Pelt - official

"Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, Lucy . . .

how can I ever forget them. . . ."

50 and Counting ...

Charlie Brown officially debuted  on October 2, 1950!

Charlie Brown officially debuted on October 2, 1950!

Peanuts 2000: The 50th Year Of The World's Favorite Comic Strip

We say good-bye to our friends who met us each morning in the newspapers, but we'll never forget the Peanuts gang.

Fifty years have come and gone for our beloved Charlie Brown and friends. A special 50th Anniversary edition shares fond memories from over the years and incorporates it in this lasting treasure. Charlie Brown officially debuted on October 2, 1950!

Peanuts Comics Turned Fifty Years Old!

How long have you been a Peanuts fan?

Peppermint Patty debuted in August 1966

Peppermint Patty Peanuts Character - Wikipedia

Peppermint Patty Peanuts Character - Wikipedia

Peppermint Patty - official

Marcie debuted in July 1971.

Peppermint Patty's Best Friend - Marcie!

Peppermint Patty's Best Friend - Marcie!

Marcie - official

Rerun Van Pelt debuted in March 1973.

Sibling Rerun- Loves sports!

Sibling Rerun- Loves sports!

Final Peanuts Comic Strip

Final Sunday strip, which came out February 13, 2000: one day after the death of Charles M. Schulz.

In the News ...

Charlie Brown fans can get excited about this announcement that was made on October in 2012. A Peanuts 3D computer animated film will be released in November of 2015 to celebrate 65 years of the comic strip. There will also be a television documentary written by Charles Schulz's family and a friend, covering the 50 year anniversary of the television special "A Charlie Brown Christmas."

More good news, is that the entire "The Complete Peanuts Series" has been reproduced in a 25 volume set. Each May and October a book will be released until the year 2016.

See you in the funny papers!

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Share your memories of the Peanuts gang. - Leave a comment or just say, "hey."

Fay Favored (author) from USA on December 06, 2016:

Still love these guys. My 2 year old nephew is into Snoopy.

Treasures By Brenda from Canada on December 06, 2016:

The enduring popularity of the Peanuts comic strip is amazing and it is pretty cool that they have never aged past the age of eight.

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