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When Was the Last Original Peanuts Comic Strip Published?

If you’re a fan of the classic comic strip Peanuts, you may be wondering when the last original strip was published. The answer may surprise you.

The History of Peanuts

Peanuts first appeared in newspapers on October 2, 1950, and quickly became one of the most popular comic strips of all time. Created by Charles M. Schulz, Peanuts featured beloved characters such as Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, Lucy, and more.

Over the years, Peanuts tackled a variety of topics including love, friendship, family, and even politics. The strip ran for nearly fifty years and was read by millions of people around the world.

The Final Strip

After Schulz passed away in February 2000, many fans wondered how Peanuts would continue without its creator. Schulz had always been adamant that no one else should draw his characters after he was gone.

As it turned out, Schulz had already created the final strip before he passed away. The last original Peanuts comic strip was published on Sunday, February 13th, 2000 – just one day after Schulz’s death.

A Fitting End

The final strip is a poignant tribute to Schulz and his beloved characters. In it, Charlie Brown and Snoopy sit atop a hillside and contemplate the wonders of the world around them.

The last panel shows Charlie Brown saying “Well Snoopy – it’s been a long journey” to which Snoopy replies “It has Charlie Brown.” The final panel then shows Snoopy walking away with his head down.

Conclusion

Although many fans were sad to see Peanuts come to an end after nearly fifty years of publication, there’s something fitting about the fact that Charles M. Schulz was able to create the final strip himself before he passed away.

Today, Peanuts continues to be beloved by fans of all ages. Whether you’re a lifelong fan or just discovering the strip for the first time, there’s no denying the impact that Schulz and his characters have had on popular culture.