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Peanuts

On October 2, 1950, America was introduced to an unlikely comic strip named Peanuts. No action heroes here. These characters had quirks, spoke plainly and yet had a lot to say about the human condition.

The alter-ego of creator Charles Schulz, Charlie Brown, the "little round-headed kid," and his pals eventually ran in more than 2,600 newspapers, reaching millions of readers in 75 countries. Schulz, an unassuming man, hand drew every single Peanuts strip throughout the years. When Schulz became ill with cancer, he planned the day the strip would end and in so doing, drew that last one as a farewell and thank you. The last strip ran February 13, 2000 - the day Charles Schulz died.

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