Charles Schulz began what is probably the most important, and certainly the most popular, of all comic strips on October 2, 1950. As he expressed in his last strip almost fifty years later, drawing a comic strip was the fulfillment of a childhood ambition. While still very popular now, it is easy to forget how massive Schulz's creation was at the height of its popularity. Schulz's characters have inspired the most popular television special of all time, a hit Broadway play, multiple movies and countless compilations, not the least of which are Fantagraphics continuing collections attempting anthologizing every surviving strip. Most comics since have attempted to follow its form, although not so often its depths.

Some interesting stopping points:
Posts tagged with "funny"
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"Turnabout" strips and "Chase" strips (largely the same)

Peanuts' 60th Anniversary and Lucy's Golf Tournament