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The Complete Peanuts 1959-1962 Box Set [Hardcover]

Charles M. Schulz
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Oct. 17 2006
The Complete Peanuts will run 25 volumes, each volume collecting two years chronologically at a rate of two a year for twelve years. Each volume is designed by the award-winning cartoonist Seth (It's a Good Life If You Don't Weaken) and features impeccable production values; every single strip from Charles M. Schulz's 50-year American classic is reproduced better than ever before.

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CHARLES M. SCHULZ was born November 25, 1922 in Minneapolis. His first published drawing was of his dog, Spike, and appeared in a 1937 Ripley's Believe It Or Not! installment. The first Peanuts daily appeared October 2, 1950; the first Sunday on January 6, 1952.

Diagnosed with cancer, Schulz retired from Peanuts at the end of 1999. He died on February 13, 2000, the day before Valentine's Day--and the day before his last strip was published--having completed 17,897 daily and Sunday strips, each and every one fully written, drawn and lettered entirely by his own hand--an unmatched achievement in comics.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A dream-come-true for Charlie Brown afficionados June 5 2010
If you grew up on Charlie Brown (and who didn't?) and bought the paperback books and reread them a hundred times, this is the series you've been waiting for. I have all the books that have been published so far from 1950 to 1970 something. Every original comic strip (including Sunday features) is included in an attractive, incredibly well-bound format. It is very clear to me that a lot of heart and care has gone into the making of this collection. Each book has an introduction from "celebrities" such as Whoopi Goldberg, Walter Cronkite, Matt Groening, Garrison Keillor sharing the impact of Charles Schulz's characters and creativity in their life. There is also an in-depth account of Schulz's own influences and life events reprinted at the end of each book. The size of the book is also well designed. Each thick book contains two years of comic strips, but is still easy to hold and read. What a gift I gave myself when I bought these! And the editors plan to keep on going until they reach the year 2000 and the whole body of Sparky Schulz's work is in our eager little hands to savour forever.
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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back in print soon- New Date. Nov. 16 2012
By Video Steve - Published on Amazon.com
Oct 4th, 2013

I called Fantagrphics books today and they told me they expect this boxed set back in print in March of 2014. They are taking pre orders over the phone. If you like, you can purchase the books separately from them now and they will ship the boxes when they arrive. Their price is just over 51 dollars. More than amazon, but still half of what third party sellers are selling them for. (Ask about any shipping discounts or promotions they may have.)

If the boxed set isn't important to you, Amazon should have both individual volumes for sale here now.

Newest Update: (August 16, 2013)

Well, you've probably noticed the boxed set for volumes 5 and 6 has not appeared as they should have. I was surprised after meeting them at the San Diego Comic convention and their assurances - so I gave them yet another call.

The pleasant lady at Fantagraphic informed me that there was a mix up at their printing company and the slipcases were never ordered.

The individual volumes are now available both on Amazon and through their company as separate books. But they couldn't give me any clear answers as to when the slipcase for this set might get made. ('Maybe a couple of months' was the best she would say.) She did tell me that all this happened because the owner passed away and the order was assumed to have been placed and never was.

She also said that if the slip case is important to you and you order the two volumes directly from them, they'll send the case whenever they get it printed. Call them directly for details.

After a year of calling and printing updates here they seem no clearer today when this complete box set will be available than they were in September of 2012.

Fortunately Amazon has the individual volumes here at a good price. Considering how long this has been going on, you might want to consider how much a cardboard box is worth to you.

It is certainly not worth what third parties are asking for it.

And if you read this, please rate this review as helpful so it moves up in the list so every can see it. Thank you.

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I've truly enjoyed these Peanuts volumes. They're handsomely produced and a joy to read. No comic today comes close to the simple charm of these classics. The volumes themselves are well bound and a little bit on the small size in compared to the larger reprints of other comics done by IDW and other companies. But I think the slightly smaller size only adds to their charm and makes them easier to read/store.

Unfortunately I've had to stop buying them with the early 1960's volumes because those boxed sets are out of print and impossibly high priced from 3rd party sellers. Fortunately, I've contacted fantagraphic books directly and they told me that the boxed sets of volumes 5 & 6 (1959 thru 1962) will be reprinted in August of 2013. (see above)
29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Complete 2-book Set : Identical as the books sold separately only cheaper! Oct. 10 2006
By Zaved - Published on Amazon.com
The Complete Peanuts is definitely complete! It's a real collectors' item! Hats off to Fantagraphics Books for initiating such an ambitious project though their release schedule (releasing only two books every year - it will take twelve and a half years before the entire collection is published) leaves one frustrated.

Each book contains 2 complete years of Peanuts - the funniest comic strip of all time (IMHO). So this two-book set contains four complete years of Peanuts - all the strips that were published between 1959-1962.

Note that both books included in the boxed set are exactly the same ones that are sold separately. The books also contain full book jackets (i.e. if desired can be shelved separately). As of this review date it is cheaper to buy the two-book set than to buy them separately at Amazon and we get an added attractive slipcase with the two-book set.

Unfortunately the Sunday strips are in black and white - a minor gripe. However other such comic strip collections (including Calvin and Hobbs) have the Sunday ones in color.

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 4 Full Years, 1,500 Strips. Nov. 25 2006
By John Matlock - Published on Amazon.com
Fantagraphics, the publisher of this set of two books is to be thanked for making available once again these cartoon scripts that were first (and for many, only) seen 40+ years ago. These two books, printed and bound in very high quality and put together in a heavy cardboard slipcase contain something like 1500 peanuts cartoon strips, everything Mr. Schultz did from 1959 through 1962, four full years of Peanuts. Furthermore, these two books packaged together are cheaper than buying the individual volumes..

I don't know if you can say that Peanuts has a golden age, but if I were looking for one I'd have to consider this era. This was the time of the Great Pumpkin, one of my favorites. Charlie Brown's sister Sally has just been born. Snoopy is ... Well, let's just say Snoopy is at his finest.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Box set to be reprinted in Spring 2012 Nov. 28 2011
By Jay - Published on Amazon.com
The publisher of Peanuts sent me a xmas catalog called "The Fantagraphics Ultimate Catalog of Comics" and on page 55 it says "Box Set 3 (1959 - 1962) reprinting Spring 2012

This is the only box set currently out of print, but just wait a little longer and don't purchase from third party vendors who are trying to make a profit.

Love the peanuts comics!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Peanuts 59-62 Feb. 12 2007
By Espen Brochmann - Published on Amazon.com
The Complete Peanuts 1959-1962 Box Set, is such a treat, I was far from even being born at the time these cartoons were printed. But the good old Peanuts are just fabulous. I recommend this box set to anyone that would like to give them self or some they care about a treat.

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