Charles M. Schulz is a comic strip artist famous for his immensely famous comic strip ‘Peanuts’. Charles M. Schulz was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on November 26, 1922. He is described as one of the most influential cartoonists of the 20th century. Between 1950 and 2000 Schulz drew nearly 18,000 ‘Peanuts’ comic strips. And in this period he earned more than $1 billion from royalties, merchandising and television productions.
Schulz loved to draw from a very young age. He liked to draw things that he saw around him like dogs, trees and other pet animals. He studied in Gordon Elementary School in St. Paul, Minnesota. At school he was a shy kid who would keep to himself and spend most of his free time drawing silly cartoons. He soon began to improve his sketching abilities and decided to himself that he would become a full-time cartoonist.
At the age of 21, he had to join the United States Army to participate in the Second World War. In 1945, when the war ended he returned home and took up job as an art instructor at Art Instruction, Inc. He worked on his comic creations in his free time. His first cartoons were published under the title ‘Li’l Folks’. This went on for four years from 1947-1950. Soon Schulz decided to change the one panel comic strips into four panel comic strips.