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
, "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
, 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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