An unparalleled gathering of research devoted to one of the world's most influential comic strips
Contributions by Leonie Brialey,
MJ Clarke, Roy T. Cook, Joseph J.
Darowski, Ian Gordon, Gene Kannenberg
Jr., Christopher P. Lehman,
Anne C. McCarthy, Ben Owen, Lara
Saguisag, Ben Saunders, Jeffrey O.
Segrave, and Michael Tisserand
The Comics of Charles Schulz collects
new essays on the work of the creator
of the immensely popular Peanuts comic strip. Despite Schulz's
celebrity, few scholarly books on his work and career have been
published. This collection serves as a foundation for future study
not only of Charles Schulz (1922-2000) but, more broadly, of the
understudied medium of newspaper comics.
Schulz's Peanuts ran for a half century, during which time he
drew the strip and its characters to express keen observations on
postwar American life and culture. As Peanuts' popularity grew,
Schulz had opportunities to shape the iconography, style, and
philosophy of modern life in ways he never could have imagined
when he began the strip in 1950. Edited by leading scholars Jared
Gardner and Ian Gordon, this volume ranges over a spectrum
of Schulz's accomplishments and influence, touching on everything
from cartoon aesthetics to the marketing of global fast food.
Philosophy, ethics, and cultural history all come into play. Indeed,
the book even highlights Snoopy's global reach as American soft
As the broad interdisciplinary range of this volume makes
clear, Peanuts offers countless possibilities for study and analysis.
From many perspectives—including childhood studies, ethnic
studies, health and exercise studies, as well as sociology—The
Comics of Charles Schulz offers the most comprehensive and
diverse study of the most influential cartoonist during the second
half of the twentieth century.
Jared Gardner, Columbus, Ohio, is professor of English at The
Ohio State University. He is author of Master Plots: Race and the
Founding of an American Literature, 1787-1845; Projections:
Comics and the History of Twenty-First-Century Storytelling;
and The Rise and Fall of Early American Magazine Culture. Ian
Gordon, Singapore, is professor of American history at the
National University of Singapore. He is author of Comic Strips and
Consumer Culture, 1890-1945 and Superman: The Persistence of
an American Icon and coeditor of Comics and Ideology and Film
and Comic Books, published by University Press of Mississippi.
192 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, 27 b&w illustrations, introduction, index