Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz returns to The Canton Repository today as part of the USA TODAY Network’s comics pages standardization resolution, the strip is a component of their Group 2 of comics. As today is also the anniversary of Peanuts’ October 2, 1950 debut, The Repository found it fitting to highlight the comic strip and cartoonist as they welcome the comic strip back after a number of years.
When the Repository introduced it in 1958, “Peanuts” already had generated a large following for the humorous artwork Schulz had been drawing for several years.
The “Peanuts” strip had earned the Schulz the 1956 Cartoonist of the Year award from the National Cartoonist Society.
At the time his strip started in the Repository, the newspaper interviewed the artist, who said it was perfect for Canton – and any other community, for that matter – because “your city is full of peanuts!”
During years that followed, “reruns” of “Peanuts” comics were printed in many newspapers. Eventually, many publications dropped the strip.
“I was so disappointed,” said Dorothy Steiner of Dalton, who avidly had read the strip with other comics each day in The Massillon Independent after reading her daily devotional and completing the crossword.
Her plea to “bring it back,” finally was realized. The Independent joins The Canton Repository and Alliance Review among the USA Today Network properties to again begin republishing old “Peanuts” strips as those papers independently transition to revitalized comics pages in coming months.