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Peanuts: The Art of Charles M. Schulz [Paperback]

Charles M. Schulz
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Oct. 28 2003 Peanuts
This beautiful album will dazzle fans of Charles M. Schulz and his art, providing an unprecedented look at the work of the most brilliant and beloved cartoonist of the twentieth century. Here is the whole gang–Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, Snoopy, Peppermint Patty, Schroeder, Pig-Pen, and all the others from the original Peanuts strips.

More than five hundred comic strips are reproduced, as well as such rare or never-before-seen items as a sketchbook from Schulz's army days in the early 1940s; his very first printed strip, Just Keep Laughing; his private scrapbook of pre-Peanuts Li'l Folks strips; developmental sketches for the first versions of Charlie Brown and the other Peanuts characters; a sketchbook from 1963; and many more materials gathered from the Schulz archives in Santa Rosa, California.

The art has been stunningly photographed by Geoff Spear in full color, capturing the subtle textures of paper, ink, and line. The strips–which were shot only from the original art or vintage newsprint–reveal how, from the 1950s through 2000, Schulz's style and the Peanuts world evolved. The book features an introduction by Jean Schulz and has been designed and edited by renowned graphic artist Chip Kidd, who also provides an informed and appreciative commentary.

This celebration of the genius of the most revered cartoonist of our time is a must for anyone who has ever come under the spell of Peanuts.

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From School Library Journal

Adult/High School-The story of a great American cartoonist's artistic development and a beautiful example of book production. Vintage drawings of Schulz's work from his army days, Roman Catholic publications, and early "Lil Folks" panels are photographed from the original strips and archival collections, both black and white and in color, yellowed with age and showing marks of tape. The result is like browsing through an old-fashioned family album. It is fun to ponder the development of Lucy, a good-natured baby in the earliest strips, and to find one photo of Charlie Brown's unrequited love for the Little Red Haired Girl. An introduction by the artist's wife, commentary from the photographer, and excerpts from Schulz's letters and those from friends and fans give an in-depth look into the man's artistic technique as well as his personality. This collection will be treasured by cartoonists and "Peanuts" fans. It will also appeal to the occasional funny-page reader and students of American culture, who will gain an appreciation of Schulz's remarkable insight into the American psyche.
Jackie Gropman, Kings Park Library, Burke, VA
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Good grief! Over 500 comic strips, early prototypes of Peanuts, and more.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful and Moving Compilation Feb. 9 2004
If you are or were a fan of good old Charlie Brown, I highly recommend this beautiful and moving compilation of Schulz's work. More than 500 strips are reproduced, from his last penstrokes to his pre-Peanuts work. There are also modest quotes from Schulz throughout, as well as some interesting photos of his working space. As I re-read some of the earlier strips, I could vividly recall reading them as a kid. Something indelible in the seemingly simple lines of Schulz's drawing.
Its interesting and somehow affecting to trace the development of the characters, to see Lucy as an innocent baby, and then follow her into domineering fussbudgetness. And Charlie Brown grew as well, losing some of his original pumkinheadedness over the years, but also losing some of his spunk and mischievious sense of humor. You can get the sense of the strip maturing, as in the earlier strips the characters were innocent, even in their anxieties, where later they became more knowing and resigned to their lot in life. Even though the strip changed over time, it had a timeless quality. There is evidence of a world outside of Schulz's palette, as in his few strips dealing with Viet Nam. But as with his drafting p.o.v., social issues are drawn from a child's perspective, a son's anxiety over his dad's absence, the fear of being sent off to somewhere strange in the future. There is no grand moralizing or strident argument, only a small, worried child.
50 years at the board, a worthy and dignified labor of love.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer genius Nov. 8 2003
Charles Schulz. In one word...genius. It may be safe to say that I learned much about life from Peanuts. At the very least, I was able to see the humor in it. It's definitely safe to say that Charles Schulz is my all-time hero for one reason: an ordinary man through a simple medium was able to affect so many people by making them aware of what it means to live and what it means to be human. This is the obvious reason why Schulz's work transcends what we perceive to be unbreakable boundaries -- race, class, and language. Reaching 355 million readers worldwide is a breathtaking, if not, unbelievable accomplishment.
This book (the expanded edition in paperback) is well worth the buy. I bought the original hardcover copy, but the expanded edition includes a few more gems from the Schulz family vaults and the asking price is, of course, more incentive to lay your money down. While this is not a collection of comic strips proper, that is, strictly page after page of strips for the collector, it provides a most fascinating glimpse to the early days of the strip and the development of characters with whom we identify and whom we adore. Granted, there was a lot to put in this book. so many of the early strips are reduced in size and "horded" onto a single page, but it's worth the sacrifice to "squint" and take a peek at them. Many of these have not been reproduced and have not been seen in years.
The book is a unique glimpse into the work of a man who simply wanted to be remembered for creating great cartoons and pleasing people. It's nice to know that whenever life "get rough", we can retreat to Peanuts and laugh at ourselves.
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2.0 out of 5 stars This is not really for comics fans... Oct. 29 2003
I bought this because there is currently no other collection of Schulz's earliest Peanuts strips being published. I certainly like the book for what it is - an art book. The wealth of material inside is fantastic, and the book focuses on the strip in a holistic way, examining its influence on pop culture as well as presenting a good overview of the actual strip. However, and this is extremely crucial, this is NOT a book to buy if one wants a good collection of older Peanuts material to read and reread. Most of the strips are just photos of old newspaper clippings (I'm not quite sure what they were going for there) and hundreds of them are reprinted so small that they hurt your eyes. Also, there is virtually no continuity among the reprints. They just seem to be a random collection of the book's creator's favorites. If you are a serious fan of comics and a serious fan of Peanuts in particular, save your money for the Fantagraphics-published Peanuts albums that are coming out in April, 2004. I'm keeping this book until they do come out, and then I'm giving it to someone who's an art student with better eyesight than me (who might appreciate it a little more).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Peanuts Masterpiece April 29 2003
Now, _this_ is the best collection you can get! Going through vast archives - including Charles M. Schulz's collection of _original_ strips, and newspaper clippings of the 1950s and beyond, as well as comic books of the 1960s, memorabilia like board games, records, bobbing-head toys (made by the Lego company before they made Lego!), and more, this is truly superb. And, the strips are presented in a unique form - instead of just reprints, we see photographs - detailed, high-quality, crystal clear photographs - of the originals, providing us with a massive increase in clarity - plus, with the newspaper clippings, we see those old dot-colored versions of the Sunday strips, and rarities - like what a strip looked like before Schulz adjusted the art for the published version, and a 1954 Sunday strip of Lucy and Charlie Brown at an ADULTS' golf tournament!! (The effect - that we only see them from about waist-down - is like how we saw Nanny in "Muppet Babies" -remember that?). We alo see Schulz' studio tools, left as they were after he finished the last strips in December 1999, and features like this - and the concluding pages - add a poignancy to the book. But it all works. There's no disappointments here!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Schultz and the Peanut gang
I received this order promptly, The item was in very good condition. I would recommend it to anyone interested in gleaning insights into the creative mind of the artist-writer.
Published 22 months ago by CAROL SOO LUM
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the BEST one!!!
I bought this book first of all because I am a fan of Peanuts and because I am 15 years old and I don't like to read, but my mom tells me to read all the time. Read more
Published on Sept. 6 2003 by Alicia M. Charrón
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful and Moving Compilation
If you are or were a fan of good old Charlie Brown, I highly recommend this beautiful and moving compilation of Schulz's work. Read more
Published on March 28 2003 by Mark J. McPherson
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolutely wonderful book!
This wonderful book is designed like an album, and is actually a collection of some of Charles M. Schulz's favorite cartoons. Read more
Published on March 20 2003 by Kurt A. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Into the mind of a genius
This posthumous collection of the work of Charles Schulz could easily have turned into a rehash of other works, such as the Peanuts Golden Celebration that came out in 2000. Read more
Published on Jan. 2 2003 by Blake Petit
5.0 out of 5 stars A Rare Gem
As an avid Peanuts fan my own opinion can be contrued as biased so allow me to share instead my observations of how others reacted to this book as it layed on my coffes table... Read more
Published on Dec 30 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate for Peanuts fans
This is clearly one of the best Peanuts collections aout there. Not only does it provide many of the best works of the great one Charles M. Read more
Published on Dec 9 2002 by Andre M.
5.0 out of 5 stars a fans thankyou for agreat book
I woud like to thank amazon.com for puting this book out for the fans of charles m.schulz a great artiest for the people he never gave in to the smut hokers or polatics of the... Read more
Published on Oct. 23 2002 by "walnutlawn"
5.0 out of 5 stars absolute MUST HAVE for the Schulz fan!!
The world lost a close, personal friend when Mr. Schulz passed away. Fortunately for those of us who are fans of his work, fine books like this remain as a tribute and history of... Read more
Published on Oct. 17 2002 by Amazon Customer
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