Only What’s Necessary 70th Anniversary Edition

Charles M. Schulz and the Art of Peanuts


The Eisner Award–nominated tribute to Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz—repackaged for the beloved strip’s 70th anniversary


ISBN: 9781419746895 Category:

Chip Kidd


Charles M. Schulz believed that the key to cartooning was to take out the extraneous details and leave in only what’s necessary. For 50 years, he wrote and illustrated Peanuts, the single most popular and influential comic strip in the world. Renowned designer Chip Kidd was granted unprecedented access to the extraordinary archives of the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center in Santa Rosa, California. Only What’s Necessary reproduces the best of the Peanuts newspaper strip, all shot from the original art by awardwinning photographer Geoff Spear, and features exclusive, rare, and unpublished original art and developmental work—much of which has never been seen before.

Additional information

Weight 1459 g
Dimensions 21.9 x 29.2 cm
Publisher name ABRAMS
Publication date 1 September 2020
Number of pages 304
Format Hardback
Contributors Photographs by Geoff Spear, Introduction and notes by Jeff Kinney, Preface by Jean Schulz, Text by Paige Braddock
Dimensions 21.9 x 29.2 cm
Weight 1459 g


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Charles M. Schulz (1922–2000) is the legendary cartoonist and creator of the iconic comic strip Peanuts. He was twice honored with the Reuben Award by the National Cartoonists Society. His archives are located at the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center in Santa Rosa, California. Chip Kidd is an awardwinning graphic designer, writer, and editoratlarge at Pantheon. He lives in New York City. Geoff Spear is an awardwinning photographer who has collaborated with Chip Kidd on over a dozen books and numerous book covers. He lives in New York City.