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3. Charles M. Schulz Makes “Peanuts”

Charles Schulz
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The man who brought you Charlie Brown passed away in 2000 from colon cancer. The Peanuts cartoonist, Charles Schulz, was able to reach tens of millions of readers every day spanning 75 different countries and translated into 21 languages. When the comic strip ended in 2000, 17,897 strips had been published and the last one was released just hours after Schulz died. Schulz still earns royalties from his comics as they’re re-released (he requested that no new stories be written with his characters). He also has rights to television and movie programs featuring the Peanuts‘ gang. In 2013, Charles Schulz’s estate brought in $37 million. Good grief.

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