Popular newspaper comic strips include “Peanuts” and “Doonesbury.” "Peanuts” is perhaps the world’s best-known and most beloved comic strip that creator Charles M. Schultz wrote and drew by hand for 50 years between 1950 and 2000.
Even though it no longer runs, the strip's depiction of the pain experienced during childhood has a timeless and universal appeal that is evidenced by the enduring popularity of televised holidays specials such as “It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” and “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”
Doonesbury is perhaps the most political cartoon strip. Despite author Gary Trudeau’s left-wing leanings, both conservatives and liberals appreciate the strip for its wry and clever humor. The strip includes several gay characters and often deals with politically and culturally sensitive issues such as abortion and AIDS, causing many publications to discontinue it, but the clamor of its fans keeps it from being canceled for very long.