The Complete Peanuts 1985 to 1986 (Hardcover)
|Author: Charles M. Schulz|
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|In this volume, the 80s are in full swing while the Peanuts crew deals with camp, Santa Claus, and the runaway merchandising of Tapioca Pudding.|
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Peanuts reaches the middle of the go-go 1980s in this book, which covers 1985 and 1986: a time of hanging out at the mall, ?punkers? (you haven't lived until you've seen Snoopy with a Mohawk), killer bees, airbags, and Halley's Comet. And in a surprisingly sharp satirical sequence, Schulz pokes fun at runaway licensing, with the introduction of the insufferably merchandisable ?Tapioca Pudding.? Also in this volume: Peppermint Patty wins the ?All-City School Essay Contest? with her ?What I Did During Christmas Vacation? essay, but snatches defeat from the jaws of victory with a disastrous acceptance speech? Charlie Brown, Linus, Sally and Snoopy go to ?rain camp? one year, and ?survival camp? the next? The World War One Flying Ace gets the flu and is nursed back to health by a French Mademoiselle (Marcie)? Sally gives Santa Claus a heart attack (literally!)? Lucy talks Charlie Brown into posing in swim-trunks for their school's ?Swimsuit issue?? Peppermint Patty gains a crabby tutor? Linus suffers a crisis when addressed for the first time as ?Mister?? plus another return appearance by Molly Volley, Snoopy's accidental destruction of his dog house (with a cannon!), and lots of near-Beckettian strips set in the desert starring this volume's cover boy, the one and only Spike! It's another two years of hilarious, heartwarming strips from the great Charles M. Schulz.
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.