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The Complete Peanuts Vol. 1: 1950-1952 by [Charles Schulz]

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Peanuts, Charles M. Schulz, Peanuts books, Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Fantagraphics

Fantagraphics' bestselling archival series collecting the most beloved comic strip of all time—The Complete Peanuts, our landmark hardcover series, offers a unique chance to see a master of the art form refine his skills and solidify his universe, day by day, week by week, month by month. Each volume includes two years of daily strips along with featured introductions, our popular Peanuts index, essays, in-depth interviews and more, all wrapped in a gorgeous design by award-winning cartoonist Seth.

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Good grief! The Complete Peanuts 1950-1952 launches the most ambitious and most important project in the comics and cartooning genre: over a period of 12 years, Fantagraphics Books will release every daily and Sunday strip of Charles M. Schulz's "Peanuts," the best-known and best-loved series in the world. Most everyone with an interest in its history has seen the very first strip ("Good ol' Charlie Brown... How I hate him!"), but this first volume follows it up with 287 pages (three daily strips or one Sunday per page) of vintage material in chronological order. "Peanuts" was unique at the time for portraying kids who seemed like real kids, but they also had a wisdom beyond their years, embodied especially by the lovable loser, Charlie Brown, who even in these early years has lost 4000 checker games in a row. We see him don his familiar jagged-stripe shirt for the first time (December 1950) and, at the age of 4, at his peak as a babe magnet. Shermy is the other significant boy, and the girls in their lives are Patty (not to be confused with Peppermint Patty) and Violet. Schroeder is an infant who has learned to sit up in order to play Beethoven on his toy piano. Snoopy is an anthropomorphic dog who plays baseball (April 1952) and has his own thoughts (October 1952). In March 1952 we meet a bug-eyed Lucy, who by November has been designated "Miss Fuss-Budget of 1952" and is pulling the football away from Charlie Brown (Violet had done it a year earlier). Her baby brother Linus arrives in July 1952. The book itself is beautifully packaged, the strips printed large and clear on high-quality paper and accompanied by an in-depth essay by David Michaelis, a 1987 interview with Schulz, an introduction by Garrison Keillor, and even an index of characters and subjects. It's so well-done that any reader will be impatient for the rest of the series, but in the meantime this is a book to savor. --David Horiuchi --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

From Booklist

Peanuts fans who wanted larger doses of the beloved comic strip than their daily newspaper fix afforded have hitherto had to make do with haphazard paperback collections. Now, however, Peanuts' entire 50-year run is to be reprinted in chronology in uniform hardcover volumes, with two years' worth of daily and Sunday episodes in black-and-white per book. As the inaugural strips in this volume show, Schulz plied his successful formula of having children convey adult thoughts and emotions from the beginning, and the underlying melancholy that set Peanuts apart on the comics page was there from the outset. Still, though Charlie Brown was immediately the everyman heart of the strip, other aspects weren't fully developed; for instance, Schroeder and Linus were at first infants. Of special interest to librarians is the volume's index, featuring such entries as "baseball," "Beethoven," and "blockhead, first use of"; perhaps this is a first in a comic-strip collection. Now that Schulz's classic is finally getting its bibliographic just deserts, consider replacing those tattered old Peanuts paperbacks with this definitive series. Gordon Flagg
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0172CK2V0
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Fantagraphics (April 30, 2004)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ April 30, 2004
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 798105 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Not enabled
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  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 356 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, but primarily for 'Peanuts' completists
By Todd Hill on January 27, 2019
Anyone trying to get a bead on American humor and cultural values during the latter half of the 20th century obviously has their work cut out for them, but they could do worse than to start with the comic strips of Charles Schulz. His "Peanuts" strips are pure Americana. This volume, the first of several encompassing the entirety of the comic strip's lifespan, shows us how it all began, and for that reason it's kind of fascinating. Both the drawings and the text are rudimentary compared to the "Peanuts" we know. Charlie Brown and especially Snoopy -- who unlike in later years doesn't express himself here -- look far different from what we're used to, and some of the "Peanuts" characters we're familiar with are nowhere to be found yet, such as Linus, who first appeared late in 1952.

"Peanuts" arguably hit its stride in the 1970's, and volumes featuring those strips are available as well. This volume may be considered essential for anyone determined to own "Peanuts" in its entirety, but that's a lot a books to buy, involving much time, money and fortitude. For those more interested in sampling Schulz' work over the decades, however, this is the obvious place to start.
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Paul Tapner
5.0 out of 5 stars The birth of Peanuts
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 23, 2017
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's Peanuts
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 28, 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars Say hello to Charlie Brown!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny even though I prefer the later books
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 7, 2017
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5.0 out of 5 stars awsome
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 30, 2014
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