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strip, all shot from the original art by award-winning photographer Geoff Spear, and features exclusive, rare, and unpublished original art and developmental work—much of which has never been seen before.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