For this year’s A to Z Challenge, I have chosen the theme of comic strips. For those young ones out there, a comic strip is a few drawn panels telling a story which appears in the newspaper. The first daily comic strip began in 1907, but the color comics (Sunday funnies) actually began back in 1894.

P is for Peanuts, by Charles Schultz. Could it be anything else? Peanuts ran from 1950 to 2000, and reruns of the popular strip still run. It ran in over 2,600 newspapers in 75 countries and was translated into 21 languages.

Peanuts focus on a group of young children with adults that are rarely seen or heard. The main character, Charlie Brown, lacks self-confidence. His dog, Snoopy, is shown with both a regular dog’s life and one of fantasy where he can be anything such as a college student (“Joe Cool”) or a British World War I flying ace.

An interesting note is that the original name of the strip was Lil’ Folks, but there was a 1930s strip called Little Folks whose creator objected to the name. The syndicate renamed it Peanuts based on the term for the kids in the “Peanut Gallery” of the children’s Howdy Doody show. Charles Schultz hated the name Peanuts.

Peanuts also had success with several television specials including A Charlie Brown Christmas which won an Emmy Award. It was also adapted for theatre with the stage musical You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. In 2015, a computer animated feature film, The Peanuts Movie, was released.

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A is for Archie

B is for Blondie

C is for Calvin and Hobbes

D is for Dilbert

E is for Ella Cinders

F is for Family Circus

G is for Garfield

H is for Hagar the Horrible

I is for The Invisible Scarlet O’Neil

J is for Joe Palooka

K is for Krazy Kat

L is Li’l Abner

M is for Marmaduke

N is for Non-Sequester

O is for Outland and Opus

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