Schulz, Charles M.

1998 TLS regarding plans for what would be a 2006 “Peanuts” TV special featuring Schulz’s childhood passion, the game of marbles!

Price: $295.00

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(1922-2000 Minnesota-born cartoonist best known for the comic strip “Peanuts” featuring Charlie Brown and Snoopy, among others. One of the most influential cartoonists of all time, his 1st group of regular cartoons, a 1947-50 weekly series of one-panel jokes, “L’il Folks”, was published in the St. Paul Pioneer Press, usually 4 one-panel drawings/issue. In “Li'l Folks” he first used the name Charlie Brown, and the series also had a dog that looked much like Snoopy. In May 1948, Schulz sold his 1st one-panel drawing to The Saturday Evening Post; within the next 2 years, 17 untitled drawings by Schulz were published in the Post along with his Pioneer Press work (dropped in Jan. 1950). Later in 1950, he approached United Features Syndicate with the one-panel “Li'l Folks” series. He had also developed a comic strip usually using 4 panels not one; the syndicate preferred it. “Peanuts” premiered Oct. 2, 1950 in 7 newspapers, the weekly Sunday page on Jan. 6, 1952. “Peanuts” became one of the most popular and influential comic strips of all time. At its height, it was in 2,600 daily papers in 75 countries, in 21 languages. Over nearly 50 years of publication, Schulz drew nearly 18,000 strips. The strips, plus merchandise and product endorsements, earned $1 billion+ /year, Schulz earning $30M-$40M annually. During the strip's run, Schulz took only 1 vacation (to celebrate his 75th birthday); reruns ran during his vacation. The 1st collection of “Peanuts” strips was published in July 1952, more books followed, adding to the strip's popularity. The 1st animated TV special, “A Charlie Brown Christmas”, aired Dec. 1965 and won an Emmy; numerous TV specials followed, the latest, “Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown”, in 2011. Until his death, Schulz wrote or co-wrote the TV specials and oversaw their production. In 1958, he moved to Sebastapol, Calif. where he built his 1st studio which burned down in 1966. By 1969, Schulz moved to Santa Rosa, Calif., where he lived and worked until his death; it was a victim of the Oct. 2017 California wildfires. Schulz had a long association with figure skating and hockey, featured prominently in his work. In 1981, he was awarded the Lester Patrick Trophy for outstanding service to hockey in the US, a Hockey Hall of Fame 1993 inductee. He retired in Dec. 1999 and died Feb. 12, 2000; the last original “Peanuts” strip was published the next day. 100+ cartoonists honored him on May 27, 2000 by putting his characters into their strips that day. Apollo 10’s command module, “Charlie Brown”, and the lunar module “Snoopy” launched May 18, 1969. The Silver Snoopy award is given to NASA employees and contractors for outstanding achievements related to human flight safety or mission success. In 2001, his widow accepted the Congressional Gold Medal for her husband. TLS on 11 x 7 ¼ “Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates” letterhead, Santa Rosa, California, December 14 1998, with Snoopy’s face in the body, to a Boston marble collector. Schulz thanks him for his Christmas greeting and answers the man’s question “about the marble video” . Schulz states that Paramount and his own United Media people can’t agree on a contract but otherwise “plans are still on the board and I hope we can do it this year.” Playing marbles was one of Schulz’s cherished childhood memories. In a May 1995 letter, he wrote: “I was a real marble fanatic when I was about ten or eleven years old [1932-1933], and I still have my two favorite shooters.” He kept a box of marbles on his desk in his studio which can be seen in Schulz’s recreated studio at the Charles Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa. One of Snoopy’s brothers was named “Marbles”. “He's a Bully, Charlie Brown” is the 44th “Peanuts” prime-time TV special, originally airing Nov. 20, 2006. It is primarily based on a story from strips originally appearing in April 1995. “He's a Bully” was an idea Schulz had pitched and worked on before his death. His working title was “It's Only Marbles, Charlie Brown” featuring a summer camp marbles competition. With envelope, four 8 ¾ x 11 Mar. 6-11 & Apr. 3-8, 1995 and one 11 x 17 printed copy of “Peanuts” strips featuring characters playing marbles, a letter from Schulz’s secretary sending them to the collector, and a copy of a newspaper article on the Boston marbles collector, the recipient of Schulz’s letter. A great trove for “Peanuts” and marbles aficionados!

Condition: Very good
Type:Letter






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