Categories
Artist Spotlight Charles Schulz

Charles Schulz 1922-2000

Schulz_Charles.02

On the eve of his final strip being published, Charles Schulz passed away in his sleep at his home in Santa Rosa, California. He was 77 years old. When he was diagnosed with colon cancer in November of ’99 he decided to end the strip so he could concentrate on getting better. Deciding that the Peanuts comic strip would not continue without him at the helm, Schulz stipulated in his contract that the syndicate could not hire someone else to draw the strip in his place. The last daily appeared on January 3, 2000. The last Sunday, February 13, 2000.

FinalStrip


I was fortunate enough to meet Charles Schulz at the Reuben awards in New York back in 1996. Some common ground we shared was that we were both native Minnesotans. When I mentioned that I had just started doing Flash Gordon but it wasn’t in many papers, he responded by saying that when he first started Peanuts he wasn’t in too many papers either.

He was an inspiration to me growing up, not only because of his enormous talent, but because he was a native Minnesotan – someone from the same background who made it, who drew cartoons for a living. When interviewed by Whoopi Goldberg back in the ’90s, Schulz once said, “I always wanted to be suave. Y’know, I’m from Minnesota… there’s no suave people in Minnesota, it’s too cold.”

line

He may have not considered himself suave, but he was definitely a shining example of someone at the top of his field. Schulz put his whole heart and soul into his art, and because of that, Peanuts is the gold standard of how good a comic strip can be.

He’ll be sorely missed.

-Jim Keefe

Cartoon I drew November of '99 for a get well card.
Cartoon I drew November of ’99 for a get well card.
Categories
Artist Spotlight Bill Mauldin

Bill Mauldin (1921-2003)

Bill Mauldin (1921-2003) was a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist.

He was most famous for his World War II cartoons featuring Willie and Joe, two war-weary and bedraggled infantrymen.

mauldin_1

3rd.Army

line

pulitzer

“First published on October 13, 1944, this cartoon made the 23-year-old Bill Mauldin the youngest Pulitzer Prize winner in history. Both he and his editors at Stars and Stripes were astonished by the selection, which did not seem to them particularly noteworthy.”

Todd DePastino Bill Mauldin: A Life Up Front

line

Pyle

Bill Mauldin's editorial cartoon after President Kennedy was shot.
Bill Mauldin’s editorial cartoon after President Kennedy was shot.

line

Bill Mauldin - 1945
Bill Mauldin – 1945
Bill Mauldin - 1959
Bill Mauldin – 1959
Bill Maudlin - In the studio.
Bill Maudlin – In the studio.

Pic-3

Bill Mauldin’s grave in Arlington National Cemetery.

line

For more on Bill Mauldin, pick up Todd DePastino’s exceptional book,
Bill Mauldin: A Life Up Front.

cover

Highly recommended.


I’ll let Charles Schulz have the last word via a strip he did for Veteran’s Day…

peanuts1

Click on image to see larger.