Charles Monroe Schulz

Charles Monroe Schulz

American cartoonist
Date of Birth: 26.11.1922
Country: USA

  1. Biography of Charles Monroe Schulz
  2. Early Life
  3. War and Return
  4. Career
  5. Inspiration from Personal Life

Biography of Charles Monroe Schulz

Charles Monroe Schulz was an American cartoonist and the creator of the Peanuts comic strip series, which featured the adventures of Charlie Brown and his dog Snoopy. Schulz worked on Peanuts for fifty years and it became one of the most successful comics of all time. He was posthumously awarded the Congressional Gold Medal.

Early Life

Schulz was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to a German father and a Norwegian mother. He grew up in St. Paul. As a child and teenager, Charles was very shy. His uncle nicknamed him "Sparky" after the horse character in the Barney Google comic strip.

War and Return

After his mother's death in 1943, Schulz was enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in Europe during World War II. After the war, he returned to Minneapolis, where he began working as an art instructor.


Schulz's first comic strip was Li'l Folks, which featured children as the main characters. Among them was a boy named Charlie Brown and a dog resembling Snoopy. However, this series was not successful. In 1950, Schulz published a series of Peanuts stories, with the focus on a boy named Charlie Brown, a shy child who struggled to make his dog obey him. This series was met with great success and is considered one of the most popular in its genre. Charlie Brown became the main character of Peanuts, and his name was taken from Schulz's classmate at art school. Schulz drew inspiration from his own life for the character traits of Charlie Brown and other Peanuts characters: like Charlie Brown, Schulz's father was a barber, and his mother was a housewife. When Schulz was a child, he also had a dog, although it was not a beagle like Snoopy, but a pointer.

Inspiration from Personal Life

The character Patty was inspired by Schulz's first wife, but after their divorce, she rarely appeared in the comics. She was replaced by a new character named Peppermint Patty. The character "Little Red-Haired Girl" was inspired by a woman named Donna Johnson, who worked at the art school where Schulz taught and who rejected his marriage proposal.