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Faculty Essay


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"A beloved comic strip which in a sense both ceased to exist and yet continues to be published is “Peanuts,” created by Charles Schulz. Begun in 1950 with the original title “Li’l Folks” (Schulz hated the title “Peanuts,” which was imposed upon him by the syndicate which published the strip), it ran for an astonishing 50 years, ceasing publication in 2000, just a few days before Schulz’s own death. Unlike most other comic strips, Schulz was not only its sole writer—he actually drew each and every strip himself, an almost unheard of state of affairs in an industry where creators usually have assistants doing much of the artwork, where many original creators eventually lose control of their creations, and where the characters “live on” long after their originators depart, willingly or otherwise."

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