Born Minneapolis, Minnesota
Creator of the beloved comic strip Peanuts, cartoonist Charles M. Schulz gave millions of newspaper readers something to look forward to each day. From the strip's debut on October 2, 1950, until its final original installment on February 13, 2000, Schulz delivered humor, warmth, and wisdom with the help of an endearing ensemble of characters that included Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, Schroeder, and the irrepressible beagle, Snoopy. The strip's appeal extended well beyond the funny pages, inspiring a plethora of Peanuts offerings such as books, greeting cards, television specials, and toys that continue to reach new audiences.
In this portrait by renowned photographer Yousuf Karsh, Schulz is seen in his studio with pen in hand. On the drawing board before him is a partially completed Peanuts Sunday comic featuring the latest episode in the continuing saga of Charlie Brown, Lucy, and the snatched football.
National Portrait Gallery