Charles Schulz

Comic Book Art


Charles Schulz

Comic Book Art


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.


 

Charles Schulz Art Values Sold at Auction

ItemRealized
Charles Schulz - Peanuts Sunday Comic Strip Original Art, dated 4-10-55 (United Feature Syndicate, 1955)
Charles Schulz - Peanuts Sunday Comic Strip Original Art, dated 4-10-55 (United Feature Syndicate, 1955)....
Lot 43505
Auction 826
Saturday, November 17, 2007
$113,525.00
Charles Schulz Peanuts Sunday Comic Strip Original Art, dated 9-8-57 (United Features Syndicate, 1957)
Charles Schulz Peanuts Sunday Comic Strip Original Art, dated 9-8-57 (United Features Syndicate, 1957)....
Lot 41523
Auction 829
Friday, August 8, 2008
$101,575.00
Charles Schulz Peanuts  Snoopy vs. the Red Baron Sunday Comic Strip Original Art dated 7-31-66 (United Feature Syn
Charles Schulz Peanuts Snoopy vs. the Red Baron Sunday Comic Strip Original Art dated 7-31-66 (United Feature Syn...
Lot 94204
Auction 7017
Saturday, February 27, 2010
$101,575.00
Charles Schulz Peanuts Football-Themed Sunday Comic Strip Original Art dated 9-10-61 (United Feature Syndicate, 19
Charles Schulz Peanuts Football-Themed Sunday Comic Strip Original Art dated 9-10-61 (United Feature Syndicate, 19...
Lot 92280
Auction 7097
Saturday, August 9, 2014
$95,600.00
Charles Schulz Peanuts Sunday Comic Strip Charlie Brown and Friends Original Art dated 8-9-53 (United Feature Synd
Charles Schulz Peanuts Sunday Comic Strip Charlie Brown and Friends Original Art dated 8-9-53 (United Feature Synd...
Lot 92023
Auction 7137
Saturday, May 14, 2016
$83,650.00

View prices realized on more items like this

PLEASE NOTE: All prices realized reflect the final hammer price PLUS the buyer's premium in auctions that charge a buyer's premium. Each item has a notation at the top of the listing indicating whether that lot included a buyer's premium. All information listed is intended to be as accurate as possible, but errors are possible. Please use this guide carefully and inform us of any inaccuracies.



Buy Charles Schulz Art at Auction

ItemCurrent Bid
Charles Schulz Peanuts Sunday Comic Strip Snoopy and Lucy Original Art dated 4-10-66 (United Feature Syndicate, 19... (T...
Charles Schulz Peanuts Sunday Comic Strip Snoopy and Lucy Original Art dated 4-10-66 (United Feature Syndicate, 19... (Total: 2 Original Art)
Lot 92263
Auction 7158
Friday, February 24, 2017
$9,500.00
Bid Now!
Charles Schulz Peanuts Sunday Comic Strip Original Art dated 5-22-83 (United Feature Syndicate, 1983)
Charles Schulz Peanuts Sunday Comic Strip Original Art dated 5-22-83 (United Feature Syndicate, 1983)....
Lot 92264
Auction 7158
Friday, February 24, 2017
$8,500.00
Bid Now!
Charles Schulz Peanuts Daily Comic Strip Snoopy/WWI Flying Ace Original Art dated 11-21-91 (United Feature Syndica... (T...
Charles Schulz Peanuts Daily Comic Strip Snoopy/WWI Flying Ace Original Art dated 11-21-91 (United Feature Syndica... (Total: 2 Items)
Lot 92266
Auction 7158
Friday, February 24, 2017
$5,100.00
Bid Now!
Charles Schulz Peanuts Daily Comic Strip Snoopy/WWI Flying Ace Original Art dated 11-11-93 (United Feature Syndica
Charles Schulz Peanuts Daily Comic Strip Snoopy/WWI Flying Ace Original Art dated 11-11-93 (United Feature Syndica...
Lot 92267
Auction 7158
Friday, February 24, 2017
$2,800.00
Bid Now!
Charles Schulz Peanuts Daily Comic Strip Snoopy/Veterans Day Original Art dated 11-11-85 (United Feature Syndicate
Charles Schulz Peanuts Daily Comic Strip Snoopy/Veterans Day Original Art dated 11-11-85 (United Feature Syndicate...
Lot 92265
Auction 7158
Friday, February 24, 2017
$2,600.00
Bid Now!

View more items from this artist

PLEASE NOTE: All prices realized reflect the final hammer price PLUS the buyer's premium in auctions that charge a buyer's premium. Each item has a notation at the top of the listing indicating whether that lot included a buyer's premium. All information listed is intended to be as accurate as possible, but errors are possible. Please use this guide carefully and inform us of any inaccuracies.

Art Values

How do you know what's valuable?

Our Art Value Guide provides free information about how to value your Charles Schulz artwork.


Get a FREE auction evaluation

Our experts will evaluate your Charles Schulz artwork for auction or private treaty sale.


Want More Charles Schulz?

Be the first to know when more items from this artist are available by adding it your wantlist.


Interested in selling or consigning?

Learn more about selling or consigning your Charles Schulz artwork with Heritage Auctions.