Comic Strip / Comics

How Long Did the Peanuts Comic Strip Run?

Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the gang have been a beloved part of American culture for generations. The Peanuts comic strip, created by Charles M. Schulz, first appeared in newspapers on October 2, 1950. It quickly became a sensation and ran for an impressive 50 years, until February 13, 2000.

The Early Years of Peanuts

Schulz’s early strips focused on a character named Shermy and his friends. However, it wasn’t long before Charlie Brown and Snoopy made their debut appearances. In fact, it was only a few weeks after the first strip was published that Charlie Brown made his first appearance as the main character.

The Evolution of the Characters

Over the years, Schulz introduced new characters to the Peanuts universe. These included Linus van Pelt (Charlie Brown’s best friend), Lucy van Pelt (Linus’s bossy older sister), Sally Brown (Charlie Brown’s younger sister), and many more.

One of the most significant characters to be introduced was Snoopy. Originally depicted as a simple dog with no dialogue or thought bubbles, Snoopy eventually became one of the most popular characters in the strip.

The Legacy of Peanuts

Despite ending its run over 20 years ago, Peanuts has continued to have a lasting impact on popular culture. The characters have appeared in countless television specials and movies over the years.

Additionally, Schulz’s work has been recognized with numerous awards and honors. In 1962, he received the Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year from the National Cartoonists Society. He also received two Peabody Awards for his work on television specials featuring his characters.


While it may be hard to believe that Peanuts ran for half a century, its impact is undeniable. The characters and stories created by Charles M. Schulz have become an integral part of American culture and will continue to be cherished for generations to come.