BEAUTIFUL LARGE ORIGINAL SKETCH OF THE PEANUTS GANG READY TO PLAY FOOTBALL FEATURING CHARLIE BROWN, LINUS, LUCY, AND SNOOPY, SIGNED BY SCHULZ
SCHULZ, Charles M. Original large sketch of Snoopy signed. No place, late 1960s. Oblong quarto leaf (15 by 8 inches) of white cardstock, drawn and signed in black ink on recto; matted and framed, entire piece measures 19 by 15 inches.
Wonderful original sketch of Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, and Snoopy in a football-themed panel drawn for a Butternut Bread advertisement, rendered in black marker, boldly signed by Schulz. Scarce.
“Peanuts first appeared in October 1950 in eight daily newspapers. The feature was immediately popular and was soon picked up by hundreds of other newspapers throughout the country. By the end of the decade Schulz had become arguably the best-known cartoonist in the United States… By the time of Schulz’s death [in 2000] he had drawn a total of 18,250 Peanuts strips, and the cartoon was syndicated in 2600 newspapers worldwide, appearing in 21 languages in 75 countries” (ANB). This wonderful image features Charlie Brown, Linus, and a third member of the gang all dressed in football attire, while Lucy is dressed as a cheerleader. The player are shown holding Snoopy up in the air as he holds up the game ball. Schulz has drawn a set of goalposts in the background. Butternut Bread advertisement panels have become quite scarce and panels featuring multiple Peanuts characters are rare. Slight tape residue to verso.