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Lot 0052
Pen and ink on illustrator’s story board
U.S.A., April 26, 1964
Charles Schulz (1922-2000) – American cartoonist
Signed ‘Schulz’ lower right
Signed ‘For George Murphy with friendship, and every best wish – Charles M. Schulz’ in pencil in the center of the strip
Marked ‘Tm. Reg. U.S. Oat Off. – All rights reserved / Copr. 1964 by United Features Syndicate, Inc.’
Certificate of authenticity from AFA Gallery
Dimensions with frame (length x width): 17 ¾ in x 24 ¼ in; 45.1 cm x 61.6 cm
Very good condition

This is a truly stellar original pen and ink Schulz storyboard featuring an all-time favorite, Snoopy playing baseball. In one of the worst records in the history of baseball, Charlie Brown’s ragtag team only won ten times in several decades, typically when Charlie didn’t play. This strip, shows Charlie’s best friend and confi-dog, Snoopy at bat. A good natured beagle, Snoopy is loved for his active imagination and life of fantasy alter egos. Snoopy’s popularity skyrocketed in 1956, after Schulz began to depict the character upright, on two legs. This change evolved into the so-called, “Golden Age,” of the, “Peanuts,” in the 1960s. While this strip from 1964, shows Snoopy doing a day’s work on a baseball field, he later became the official mascot for aerospace safety and the rebuilding of the Apollo Program.

The comic strip is in very good condition. It was not inspected outside of the frame. It measures with the frame, 17 ¾ in x 24 ¼ in; 45.1 cm x 61.6 cm (length x width).

Charles M. Schulz (1922 – 2000)

Charles M. Schulz grew up reading the Sunday funnies with his father in St. Paul, Minnesota. From as far back into his childhood as he could recall, Schulz always wanted to be a cartoonist and to “draw funny pictures”. By the time he was a senior in high school, he was already studying the art form through a correspondence course. After his aspirations were put on hold for several years while he was in WWII, Schulz began to settle into his career as a cartoonist in his mid-twenties, with a deeper level of gravitas mixed into his dry and humble sense of humor. After three years of running a weekly panel, “Li’l Folks,” in the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Schulz’s unmistakable charming stories earned him his due credit. In October of 1950, at the ripe age of 27, Schulz ran his first, “Peanuts” strip in seven newspapers across the United States. A half a century later, when Schulz announced his plan to retire in 1999, the comic’s syndication had increase from seven newspapers to over 2,600! It has been over decade since the last strip ran on February 13, 2000, but the warmth of his characters has not diminished, and Charles Schulz’s legacy remains.

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Schulz, Original Peanuts Snoopy Baseball Strip, U.S.A.,

Estimate $16,000 - $20,800Oct 14, 2015