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All you need is love – but a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt

The popular Peanuts cartoon strip ran for 50 years and its creator was Charles M Schultz.

Millions of people read and loved his cartoons of Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy and of course Snoopy the dog, who went on to appear in animated TV series The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show.

After being drafted and serving the Armed Forces during the war, Minneapolis-born Charles became a career-cartoonist, starting out on a comic before creating characters for a newspaper comic strip.

Peanuts began in 1950 and was syndicated across many newspapers. In its heyday, it was featured in more than 2,500 different titles across the world.

Peanuts centred around an ordinary boy, Charlie Brown and his beagle Snoopy, an unusual dog prone to sleeping on the roof of his kennel. In surreal moments, Snoopy would indulge in fantasies depicting him as a wartime fighter pilot.

It’s said that like Charlie Brown, the young Charles had been shy and his dad, like Charlie’s was a barber. He had a dog, too growing up and although it wasn’t a beagle like Snoopy, there was a resemblance.

Unlike Charles M. Schultz himself, none of the children ever grew up or got old. He was determined that when he died, his much-loved Peanuts characters would not be drawn by anyone else. In accordance with his wishes, no one ever has and the world he created is still loved today.