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Charles Schulz Peanuts Snoopy vs. the Red Baron Sunday Comic Strip Original Art dated 7-31-66 (United Feature Syn...

2010 February Signature Comics & Comic Art Auction #7017

 
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Charles Schulz Peanuts Snoopy vs. the Red Baron Sunday Comic Strip Original Art dated 7-31-66 (United Feature Syndicate, 1966). Ten, twenty, thirty, forty, fifty or more; The Bloody Red Baron was rollin' up the score; Eighty men died tryin' to end that spree; Of the Bloody Red Baron of Germany. In the nick of time, a hero arose; A funny-looking dog with a big black nose; He flew into the sky to seek revenge; But the Baron shot him down - "Curses, foiled again!" As anyone who grew up in the sixties will tell you, Snoopy's imaginary epic battles with the Red Baron launched a national craze, further fueled by the Royal Guardsman's hit song, "Snoopy vs. the Red Baron," which reached #2 in the Billboard Hot 100, and remained among the top sellers for 12 weeks. As Charles Schulz recalled in Peanuts a Golden Celebration, "My son Monte claims to have been the one who gave me the idea for Snoopy chasing the Red Baron in his World War I flying gear while atop his Sopwith Camel doghouse. I, of course, deny that he actually gave me the idea, but I admit that he inspired it, for at the time he was very much involved with building plastic models of World War I airplanes." However the idea came about, it created a sensation that spread like wildfire. This classic masterpiece of pure Sixties Americana spotlighting Snoopy as the WWI Pilot in his Sopwith Camel has an image area of 22.5" x 15", and the piece has been matted and framed to an overall size of 29.5" x 22". Aside from some glue staining in the title logo stat, the art is in Excellent condition. The strip was inscribed and signed in its first panel, "To Phil with friendship - Charles Schulz." This strip is reproduced on page 248 of The Complete Peanuts 1965-66, Fantagraphics Books, 2007. From an Important California Collection.

Schulz, Charles:Charles Schulz, best-known as the writer and artist of the comic strip Peanuts, is considered by many to be one of the most successful and influential American cartoonists of all time. Schulz, nicknamed “Sparky” after an animated horse, drew upon his own childhood awkwardness to inspire the strip’s characters, namely the gang’s most likeable loser Charlie Brown and his silent sidekick, Snoopy. Schulz was the quintessential misfit growing up— an uncoordinated comic enthusiast with a bad complexion and a fear of the opposite sex, not to mention the youngest student in his class after skipping two half-grades. Drawing was his outlet from the uncertainties of being a teenager, so one of his most painful memories of adolescence was the rejection of his cartoons in the high school yearbook. Nevertheless, it would be he who had the last laugh, as a five-foot tall statue of Snoopy was mounted atop of the school’s main office 60 years later. While still in school, Schulz enrolled himself in correspondence courses in cartooning at the Art Instruction School. He was later drafted into the U.S. Army for two years during World War II, returning home in 1945. He was then employed by AIS for the next five years, submitting cartoons to various magazines across the country and receiving many rejection letters in return, until he successfully sold a cartoon to The Saturday Evening Post in 1948. He picked up several small-time drawing gigs over the next two years, but finally decided to sell Peanuts to United Features in 1950, which turned out to be the smartest career move he ever made. Peanuts quickly became the most widely read comic strip in the country, published daily in over 2,000 newspapers. His cartoon gang went on to inspire other animated series, toys, books, and was picked up by multiple advertisers in the years that followed. Schulz spent the rest of his life coming up with new adventures for the Peanuts in his private studio, becoming one of the wealthiest, most commemorated cartoonists of his time. . American cartoonist, illustrator, and author, 1922-2000

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