Only What's Necessary 70th Anniversary Edition
Charles M. Schulz and the Art of Peanuts
By Chip Kidd
Photographer Geoff Spear
Introduction by Jeff Kinney
Preface by Jean Schulz
  • Imprint: Abrams ComicArts
  • Publication Date: September 1, 2020
  • Price: $29.99
  • Trim Size: 11 x 8 14
  • ISBN: 978-1-4197-4689-5
  • EAN: 9781419746895
  • Page Count: 304
  • Illustrations: 450 photographs
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Rights: World/All

The Eisner Award–nominated tribute to Charles M. Schulz—newly repackaged for the 70th anniversary of Peanuts

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strip, all shot from the original art by award-winning photographer Geoff Spear, and features exclusive, rare, and unpublished original art and developmental work—much of which has never been seen before.

About the author

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 award-winning graphic designer, writer, and editor-at-large at Pantheon. He lives in New York City. Geoff Spear is an award-winning photographer who has collaborated with Chip Kidd on over a dozen books and numerous book covers. He lives in New York City. Jeff Kinney is the #1 bestselling author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series and a six-time Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award winner for Favorite Book. Jeff has been named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. He is also the creator of Poptropica, which was named one of Time’s 50 Best Websites. Jeff lives with his wife and two sons in Massachusetts, where they own a bookstore, An Unlikely Story. Jean Schulz is the widow of Charles M. Schulz and the Founder and President of the Board of Directors of the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center in Santa Rosa, California. Read her blog at