Peanuts Collectibles

Written by Will Baum
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Peanuts collectibles include dolls and action figures, records and videos, games, banks, and giant Charlie Brown Pez candy dispensers. Peanuts fans aren't lightly admiring of the comic strip and its characters, they are obsessed. Peanuts collectibles include some of the most sought after items in the world of collecting.

A Brief History of Peanuts Collectibles

In the beginning, Peanuts was called "Li'l Folks." Charles Schulz's weekly comic strip appeared in the St. Paul Pioneer Press starting in 1947. When the strip was syndicated, it needed a new name so it wouldn't be confused with "Li'l Abner" and another strip called "Little Folks." The syndicate named the strip "Peanuts." Schulz is said to have preferred "Good Ol' Charlie Brown," but "Peanuts" stuck.

Early Peanuts strips don't look much like the Peanuts that later became famous. Lucy, Linus, and Schroeder started as infants who later aged with the strip. Snoopy look more like a regular dog, and less like the Red Barron the world would come to know. The humor was a little darker and perhaps sharper.

The first Peanuts strip, which ran on October 2, 1950, features two kids sitting on a curb as Charlie Brown approaches. "Well, here comes ol' Charlie Brown!" says one of the sitting kids to the other. "Good ol' Charlie Brown...Yes, sir!" as he passes. Again: "Good ol' Charlie Brown." The final panel sums it up: "How I hate him!" Look on the Internet for Peanuts Collectibles of every imaginable variety.

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