What was the original name of the Peanuts comic strip? – 2017


What was the original name of the Peanuts comic strip?

Li’I Folks

Answer: In 1947 Charles Schulz started a cartoon feature called L’il Folks for the St. Paul Pioneer Press. It was a flop, never achieving a permanent spot in the paper. In 1950 he compiled his strips and sold the series to the United Features Syndicate, which changed its name to Peanuts. Peanuts made its first appearance on October 2, 1950, in seven newspapers. It became the most popular and influential comic strip in history with 17,897 strips published in all, making it “arguably the longest story ever told by one human being”.

Li’l Folks, the first comic strip by Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz, was a weekly panel that appeared mainly in Schulz’s hometown paper, the St. Paul Pioneer Press, from June 22, 1947 to January 22, 1950. Schulz’s first regular cartoon, Li’l Folks can almost be regarded as an embryonic version of Peanuts, containing characters and themes which were to reappear in the later strip: a well-dressed young man with a fondness for Beethoven, à la Schroeder; a dog with a striking resemblance to Snoopy; and a boy named Charlie Brown.

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