A Conversation for 'Peanuts' by Charles Schulz - a History

Peanuts?

Post 1

Bez (arguaby the finest figure of a man ever found wearing Bez's underwear) <underpants>

So, why was it called 'Peanuts'? Especially if Schultz didn't like the name?

Bez


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Post 2

Great Omnipotent Tigger

i don't know, but I once heard that other comic strips used to suffer from "Peanuts" envy. smiley - laugh


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Post 3

Hikaru Poet

Actually, it was originally called "Li'l Folks." Early on, some publishing or syndication bigwig thought "Peanuts" would be a better sell as a title, so that's the name it got, over Schulz's objections.


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Post 4

Gnomon - time to move on

I always assumed it was called Peanuts because the original characters were shaped like peanuts in their shells, with a big round body and an equal sized big round head.


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Post 5

RFJS__ - trying to write an unreadable book, finding proofreading tricky

<< Actually, it was originally called "Li'l Folks." >>

I don't have the books to hand, unfortunately, but the version of the story I remember was that the Li'l Folks cartoons were single-image-per-joke works, rather than strips, that were proto-Peanuts style-wise. When Schulz created the Peanuts strip pretty much all he could think of for a name was 'Good Ol' Charlie Brown' or similar, and it was at this point that he was overruled.


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