No list of Charles Schulz facts is complete without paying tribute to the comic he put his heart and soul into for 50 years - Peanuts. Facts about the Peanuts comic strip are nearly intertwined with his real life, such as the fact that both Schulz and Charlie Brown's fathers were barbers, there really was a Little Red Haired Girl, and Schulz's dog, Spike, was one of the inspirations for Snoopy.
Charles Schulz started out working as a comic artist and illustrator for several years before Peanuts gained recognition in the mid-1950s. What followed was merchandising, animated television specials, and even a 3D movie. At its height, Peanuts was being read in 75 countries and 21 languages, making it one of the world's most beloved and well-read comics.
Is Peanuts based on real life? Since Schulz put a little bit of himself into each character, in some ways, it is. Peanuts was sometimes dark, but each strip always ended with a laugh. As Schulz once said, "Well, there is nothing funny about the person who gets to kick the football." Happiness may be a warm puppy, but this list of Charlie Brown facts and Charles M. Schulz trivia is the next best thing.