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Publish Date: 9/30/2007
(in Inches) 8.75H x 7L x 2.75T
|Two new characters are introduced in this period of Peanuts comic strips: thelittle known Roy and the incomparable Peppermint Patty. This box set collectsthe current--1965-1966--and previous--1963-1964--volumes, in a newly designedslipcase.|
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Collects all the "Peanuts" comic strips published from 1963 to 1966 in newspapers, including both daily and Sunday strips.
No collector or fan or even sometime reader should miss this doubleheader box set from Fantagraphics. The complete, essential mid-'60s strips from Charles Schulz's PEANUTS document Snoopy's rising sophistication (his doghouse's ceilings are so massive he's got room for Linus to paint a mural) and the beagle's infamous rivalry with his nemesis, the Red Baron. The charmingly oblivious Peppermint Patty--the first Peanuts girl to wear pants--also gets introduced. Animator Bill Melendez and director Hal Hartley provide the introductions to the two volumes collected in Seth's sweet little slipcover design.
A pioneering force in the comic strip industry, Schulz turned his lifelong appreciation of comics and his sensitive, somewhat brooding personality into the highly successful "Peanuts" franchise. Nicknamed "Sparky" after a popular comic strip character, the shy young cartoonist continually doodled during class, receiving encouragement from numerous teachers. After high school, he completed a drawing correspondence course, earning only average marks. He was drafted into World War II service shortly thereafter, where he continued to draw--even decorating soldiers' letters home. After leaving the military, he juggled two jobs, lettering pre-drawn comics and teaching at his alma mater, Art Instruction Schools. Initially selling single-panel cartoons to The Saturday Evening Post in 1948, Schulz sold the "L'il Folks" comic to the St. Paul Pioneer Press in 1950, changing the single-panel format to the now common multi-panel comic strip. For competitive reasons, the United Features Syndicate renamed the strip Peanuts," a name Schulz never liked. The newly syndicated comic strip was an immediate success, running eventually in 2000 newspapers worldwide. Schulz has been credited with transforming the cartooning field with his successful books, TV specials, and merchandising deals. Schulz's most prized award throughout his career was the National Cartoonists' Society's Reuben Award for outstanding cartoonist of the year, which he won in 1955 and in 1964. Critical of comic strips with political agendas, Schulz only used "Peanuts" as a political forum once--to protest the proliferation of sexual harassment claims. Otherwise, he steered clear of hot topics, focusing instead on the active imaginations of his dreamy, unfulfilled characters--many situations culled from his real life. Early in his career, Schulz fell in love with a redheaded accountant, Donna Johnson, who turned down his marriage proposal. Rejected, he married shortly thereafter, a relationship that lasted 21 years. Although his second and final marriage was reportedly a happy one, he apparently never forgot the sting of Donna's rejection, eventually immortalizing her in the "Peanuts" comic strip as the unattainable object of Charlie Brown's desire-- the Little Red-haired Girl. Described by close friends as an insecure, sensitive man, he suffered from numerous depressions and anxiety attacks. After receiving a diagnosis of colon cancer, he announced his retirement from the producing the comic strip, claiming that no other artist should determine the "Peanuts" legacy. He died just hours before the last Sunday edition of the "Peanuts" strip ran--the final strip of a 50-year cartooning career.