Peanuts is back, but without original creator
Cartoonist Charles Schulz may have passed away in 2000, but his classic comic strip Peanuts lives on in a different format.
Earlier this month, BOOM! Studios began publishing new adventures featuring Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and all their friends.. The new comic book Peanuts features the work of various writers and artists, including some who had enjoyed professional relationships with Schulz.
Schulz was credited for writing and illustrating every Peanuts strip from its debut in 1950 to the last new installment during 2000, and it had been reported that after his death, his family did not want any new strips produced. However, those in charge of the Peanuts media empire claim that comic books are significantly different. During the 1950s, a series of Peanuts comic books were published featuring stories and art by cartoonists other than Schulz, although he maintained editorial control over them.
The first issue of BOOM! Studios' new series reprints some of Schulz' classic strips, as if to indicate that while he may be gone, he remains the dominant creative force behind the property.