The Complete Peanuts, 1950 to 1952 (Hardcover)
|Author: Charles M. Schulz|
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|Fantagraphics Books has announced the most exciting publishing project in the history of the American comic strip: the complete reprinting of Charles M. Schulz's classic, "Peanuts." The most popular comic strip in the history of the world will be, for the first time, collected in its entirety with this new publication.|
From The Publisher:
This first volume, covering the first two and a quarter years of the strip, will be of particular fascination to Peanuts aficionados worldwide: Although there have been literally hundreds of Peanuts books published, many of the strips from the series' first two or three years have never been collected before--in large part because they showed a young Schulz working out the kinks in his new strip and include some characterizations and designs that are quite different from the cast we're all familiar with. (Among other things, three major cast members--Schroeder, Lucy, and Linus--initially show up as infants and only "grow" into their final "mature" selves as the months go by. Even Snoopy debuts as a puppy!) Thus The Complete Peanuts offers a unique chance to see a master of the artform refine his skills and solidify his universe, day by day, week by week, month by month.
This is the first volume in a 12-year project to reprint the entire run of the PEANUTS comic strip in chronological order. Charles M. Schultz's legions of fans will find much of interest here, and will enjoy tracing the history of this decades-long strip. For example, this book features the very first instances of one of the strip's most classic and oft-repeated bits: Lucy yanking away the football from Charlie Brown. The kids are younger here; Linus and Schroeder can't even talk yet. The black-and-white drawings are simpler in these early years. The character depictions are subtly different--e.g. the heads have a sideways oval shape, rather than the rounder ones from later years, and Snoopy more closely resembles a real beagle--but is still clearly recognizable. This volume features a foreword by Garrison Keillor, as well as a short bio and an interview with the late Schultz.
"The real surprise of this first volume is watching the beloved comic strip develop from its embryonic stage....[T]he chance to see the early 'Peanuts'--much of it never before reprinted--is a treat." (starred review) 2/9/2004 New York Times Book Review
"...[A] handsome book....[I]t's fascinating to see Charles M. Schultz developing the gentle neuroses and acid wisdom that would mark the strip's brightest...period." - John Hodgman 07/18/2004