Only What's Necessary: Charles M. Schulz and the Art of Peanuts is a 2015 art book by Chip Kidd, who previously designed Peanuts: The Art of Charles M. Schulz. The title comes from Schulz's approach to linework and only adding what was needed to convey the emotion of the scene. Kidd is a designer and graphic artist who looks at the minimalist approach that Schultz had to his art.


  • Intro by Jeff Kinney
  • Foreword by Jean Schulz
  • “Behind the Door” by Karen Johnson (Director of the Schulz Museum in California)
  • Preface by Chip Kidd
  • Brief biography of Sparky Schulz, including pictures of his first published drawing in Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
  • Photos & drawings of and from Schulz's WWII Sketchbook
  • Early cartoons Schulz drew for the Saturday Evening Post
  • Schulz's first printed comic strips (1947)
  • Li’l Folks strips
  • Peanuts strips
  • Process of drawing Peanuts
  • Rare, unfinished strips
  • Subscriber promotions for newspaper editors
  • Ads for Peanuts coloring books, Viewmaster collections, color by numbers kits, candy bars, etc.
  • Pictures of the Peanuts board game
  • Vinyl dolls
  • Covers from the first collections
  • Advertisements featuring Peanuts characters
  • Braille editions
  • Correspondence with Harriet Glickman resulting in the creation of Franklin
  • Unpublished watercolors & other art
  • Intros and backstories for other characters (Spike, Woodstock)
  • “The Last Strip” by Paige Braddock (Creative Director at the Schulz Studio in California) on the creation of the February 13, 2000 strip

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