PEANUTS JULY 3, 1955 SUNDAY PAGE ORIGINAL ART BY CHARLES SCHULZ.
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The first Peanuts strip appeared in a total of seven newspapers Oct. 2, 1950. Creator Charles Schulz had originally submitted the strip to United Features Syndicate under the title of Li'l Folks. However, the UFS decided to change the name to Peanuts. Schulz never really grew accustomed to the name, but millions of others did. Peanuts has become one of the most popular comic strips in the medium's history. During the first year of the strip's run, Peanuts only appeared in papers as a daily w/the first Sunday page appearing Jan. 6, 1952. Offered here is the July 3, 1955 Sunday page, on 17-1/8x23-5/8" artboard and comprising eight panels, with pen and ink original art by Schulz. The strip opens with Snoopy running towards Lucy Van Pelt as she calls him and Charlie Brown observes. Lucy lifts one of Snoopy's ears (still in their much larger format from early in the strip's history) and presses her ear against his head. She then implores Charlie "Try It... It's Amazing" to which Charlie complies, stating "I Feel Kind Of Silly." Throughout this whole process, Snoopy looks understandably confused and somewhat apprehensive. After a moment or two, Charlie announces "I Can Hear The Ocean Roar!" in last panel, to which Snoopy thinks to himself "Oh, Good Grief!!" First panel is the width of two regular size panels and has "Peanuts" title/logo paste-over. This shows even age tanning. Back has "Color Engraving" dated inkstamp and handwritten publication date in blue pencil. Schulz has signed and dated last panel, though date is partially obscure by surface wear and staining immediately surrounding it. Schulz's name has some scattered white correctional fluid partially covering last two letters of his name, extending from bottom left margin. Artboard has some scattered tiny age spots and back of artboard has some tape staining and surface paper lifting along margin edges, which does not affect front's display. Faint horizontal bend between second and third rows of art, not noticeable from front. Fine overall.
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