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  • Hardcover: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics Books; 1 edition (April 24 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156097723X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560977230
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 0.3 x 1.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 771 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #132,120 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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These 1963–64 strips show Schulz continuing to mine high-grade humor and charm from his small cast and such concerns as Charlie Brown's inabilities to fly kites and procure Valentines, Linus' dependence on his security blanket, and Snoopy's obsession with the contents of his supper dish. Occasionally, something anomalous happens, such as a new kid in the neighborhood; named "5," he didn't stay long. Within a year, the Peanuts' fame would skyrocket with the debut of A Charlie Brown Christmas; animator Bill Melendez sketches the behind-the-scenes story of the show in this volume's introduction. Flagg, Gordon
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"Consider The Complete Peanuts as a revelation ... I felt the looming presence of the author emanating so powerfully from these pages." -- Globe and Mail Book Review

"One can scarcely overstate the importance of Peanuts to the comics, or overstate its influence on all of us who have followed." -- Bill Watterson

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As darkly hilarious now as ever. Probably more so. Reading it with adult eyes is a revelation into the depth of Sparky's insights into the hilarity and downright cruelty of human nature and the human condition as portrayed through the eyes and lives of children. For me, the glory years are 1954-1965/66. But that's just a matter of taste.
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5 of 0 people found the following review helpful
AND THAT'S THE TRUE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS, CHARLIE BROWN May 1 2007
By Tim Janson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
It's hard to believe that Peanuts was already a veteran of some 13 years by 1963. It is the strips of the 60's that I think people most associate with Peanuts. This is the era that gave birth to the first Peanuts animated specials. It's certainly clear that Charles Schulz had a firm grasp on his characters looks and personalities by this time. In this volume we see the characters as we probably know them best. The futility of Charlie Brown's baseball team as they lose their opening game 184 - 0; Lucy tempting Charlie Brown with yet another try at holding the football so he can kick it; Linus' almost neurotic fears contrasted by his childlike philosophy; and Snoopy being Snoopy.

Many of these strips, over 150, are seeing print for the first time since they appeared in newspapers over forty years ago. These certainly include references to news events of the day such as Charlie Brown lamenting the fact that Willie McCovey didn't hit the ball two feet higher (Schulz did live in the San Francisco area, after all...). Baseball plays a big part in this collection, particularly in the Spring and Summer strips from 1963. Charles favorite (unnamed) player goes o for 5 and commits three errors and promptly gets sent down to the minors. Seems even Charlie Brown's heroes struggle just like him. Another hilarious topical reference is when Snoopy scares away a couple of birds who land on his doghouse. Seems Snoopy doesn't trust birds ever since "that movie", i.e. Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds.

Linus is once again back in the Pumpkin Patch at Halloween time, waiting for the arrival of the Great Pumpkin and doing his best to convince his friends, and himself, that the Great Pumpkin really exists. A couple of the strips from this book would make it into It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! animated special, including Linus accidentally saying "If" the Great Pumpkin appears, rather than "when".

My favorite Peanuts strips were always the Christmas ones. In the 1963 strips, Linus is terrified when Lucy volunteers him to sing Jingle Bells in the school's Christmas program in front of the PTA. In 1964, we see more strips which helped to make the classic A Charlie Brown Christmas as Linus is readying for another school play, this time playing a shepherd where he will read his famous line from the bible when he explains the meaning of Christmas. Schulz was truly amazing!

The book features an introduction by Bill Melendez who was Schulz' partner on all of the animated specials and talks about how Charlie Brown Christmas all came about. Fantagraphics continues to do an amazing job by reprinting all of these classic Peanuts strips in chronological order.

REVIEWED BY TIM JANSON
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Lots of Unpublished Strips April 20 2007
By John Gentile - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This collection contains an amazing array of strips not seen since they were printed in newspapers. It seems that the publishers of the paperback collections wanted to delete any reverences to specific events or people that were connected to 1963, giving the paperbacks a "timeless" quality.

For example, there's a strip were Snoopy chases two birds off his doghouse, and remarks "I don't trust birds since I saw that movie!"

He is of course referring to Hitchcock's "The Birds" released in 1963.

I loved seeing this strip! What a shame it was lost for 44 years. There is also a strip where Sally asks her brother about Walt Disney. And one strip which was truly a revelation: SCHULZ PARODYING HIMSELF. Linus commenting on the value of a warm puppy! Terrific!

Don't miss this collection, fans!!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
They Finally Got It Right June 18 2008
By Mister Myst - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
A good addition to this series. The only let-down is that we're seeing more and more strips that have already been collected in other Peanuts books. It was bound to happen though, so I'm not knocking off a star for this.

There are two real gems to this book.
One is the story where Linus (my absolute favorite Peanuts character) runs for class president. I'm betting Schultz had a lot of fun with this. He lampoons the entire election process. This includes the speeches and promises, the press coverage, the polling, and everything else.

The other gem is even more important to me. This is where the title of my review comes into play. They had the great Bill Melendez write the foreward for this book.

Mister Melendez was an animator who wound up directing every single Peanuts movie and special ever made. In addition to this, he also did the voices of Snoopy and Woodstock on most of them (the exceptions being those few specials where Snoopy actually talked). Considering his close association with Schultz and his creation, he really should have been the one to write the foreward back in book 1 when this series started. Instead, throughout this series, we'd get nothing but celebrity endorsement after celebrity endorsement.

I was actually afraid that they'd do this entire series without so much as mentioning the man. Thankfully, these fears came to naught with the release of this book. Like I said, "they finally got it right".

The foreward itself is only 3 pages, but the quality makes up for it. Melendez talks about the events that led up to him meeting Schultz, his first impressions of the man, and how they went from a car commecial to a Peabody Award-winning special ("A Charlie Brown Christmas"), and then to a long and enjoyable career making other animated Peanuts titles (some great; some not so great). This is a story that certainly merits more than 3 pages, but Melendez takes the space he's given and manages both to inform and to satisfy.

If you're a Peanuts fan (especially if you're a Linus fan), click on that buy button. Trust me, you won't regret it.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
"Peanuts" changes with the times... April 25 2007
By ewomack - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
On February 27th, 1963 Linus Van Pelt told Charlie Brown "No problem is so big or so complicated that it can't be run away from." Luckily, Fantagraphics did not heed this advice when taking on the Herculaen project of compiling one of the longest running comics in history. Charles Schulz's "Peanuts," one of the most influential newspaper comic strips ever produced, spanned a generation. It began small, a mere blip, in 1950 and grew to a literal empire that encompassed television, musical theater, books, movies, and advertising. While many derided its rampant commercialism and "cheesy feel good" aura, many others embraced it as an artistic masterpiece that spelunked the human psyche in unique ways. The strip didn't end until 2000 when Schulz retired from his lifelong passion. That leaves some fifty years of daily and Sunday strips to compile. Approximately three hundred and sixty-five strips a year for fifty years multiplies out to one dang big number. If ever a problem to run away from existed, it's this one. Undeterred, Fantagraphics has taken on this twelve and a half year twenty-five volume behemoth. The series so far has spanned fourteen years and seven volumes. In that time "Peanuts" went through considerable changes. "The Complete Peanuts" allows those who weren't there to experience the development and evolution of this masterwork.

When the strip began it focused on Charlie Brown. The artwork was less sophisticated and the characters' personalities were subject to fluctuation. Overall, it more resembled the single-panel strip Schulz drew for the St. Paul Pioneer Press from 1947 to 1950, called "Lil' Folks," than the strip we know today. Schulz returned to single panel cartooning between 1957 and 1959 with "It's Only a Game." But the success of "Peanuts" led him to focus all of his efforts on Charlie Brown, the gang, and that morphing beagle. By 1963, Snoopy dominated the strip. He had become more human than dog. As Snoopy changed from a "real" dog that barked into a surrealistic dynamo with language capabilities, the strip followed him. The physical jokes became more exaggerated (a line drive unclothes Charlie Brown on 3/27/64, Schroeder muffles Lucy with a musical staff on 8/6/64, and Linus's wastebasket towers with rubbish on 7/22/64) and the strip lost some of the cruel hard edge it had in the 1950s (contrast the first two volumes in the series with this one). Lucy in particular was toned down and Charlie Brown's ubiquitous failings became more and more comical and less outright depressing. Schulz also experimented with some new characters. Many didn't last long, such as "3," "4," and "5," who appear in this volume. But some, like Peppermint Patty, who finally appears in the next volume, had staying power. And Snoopy would continue to develop in some interesting new directions. The 1960s were underway, John F. Kennedy was President for half of this volume, the Beatles had landed in America, and the Vietnam war was just beginning to escalate. Some signs of the times appear late in this volume as prototype woodstocks picket with grammatical symbols such as "!," "?" and ";" (from 9/1/64 to 9/12/64). Confrontations and violence occur between the "!" birds and the "?" birds. Snoopy even calls some of them "fanatics" (9/7/64) and decries "it's hard to know what to believe" (9/4/64). These particular strips provide brilliant abstractions of the trouble brewing in the larger world in 1964. Lastly, the 12/6/64 Sunday strip could provide oodles of intellectual fodder for analytic types. Freda wants Snoopy to hunt his natural enemies, rabbits. Instead, he dances and frolics with them. The strip's third panel includes an insert that proclaims "Happiness is loving your enemies." On the last panel, Charlie Brown asks "Now what was that all about?" as if we're supposed to ask ourselves that same question. Brilliant strips like this transcend the funny pages and "Peanuts" included many such moments.

Other highlights include: a spider on the flyball (8/8/64); Snoopy ends a game of catch with his slobber (11/1/64); Snoopy guards the house with a machine gun (4/21/63); Charlie Brown's run-ins with his baseball anti-hero Joe Shlabotnik; "The seat is jammed" (6/22/63); the "we prayed in school today" Sunday strip (10/20/63); Linus's speech to the snowmen (12/29/63); Lucy creates a slideshow of Charlie Brown's faults and bills him for it (1/24/64 - 2/8/64); the parody on "Happiness is a warm puppy" (6/20/64); Snoopy's doghouse gets a full cleaning (6/22/64 - 6/30/64); Linus's reaction to Lucy's "think of the power" (10/5/64); Snoopy's sarcastic jumping up and down (11/27/64). Some strips will look familiar to long time readers, but many will not. Also, some names from the past emerge. The only complaint remains the lack of color on the Sunday strips. But such an immense project probably necessitated some corner-cutting. In the end, we're far better off with black and white Sundays than without this outstanding series. With each volume the "Peanuts" legacy becomes clearer.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Good Grief, More Peanuts! April 27 2007
By Debbie Anne - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This volume continues reprinting strips from the 1960's, where Schulz was at the top of his form. Snoopy still has a ways to go in his development, the bird(s) who would evolve into Woodstock and his friends are starting to play a more prominent part in Snoopy's life, Pepermint Patty and her friends have yet to appear, but the rest of the Peanuts cast has more or less become their recogniseable selves by this time. A number of the gags and storylines in these strips were later re-used in various TV specials and on "The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show". It is nice to finally see these strips in their chronological order (it is surprising to learn that two strips about Charlie Brown's attempts at obtaining a Joe Shlabotnik baseball card were actually written a year apart, and ran in the reverse order than they were printed in "Peanuts Treasury", because they fit together so well the way Holt, Rhinehart and Winston's editors had them sequenced). As with all the Complete Peanuts books, it is also good to see the strips (especially the Sunday pages) reprinted the way Schulz drew them, as opposed to being reformatted into a comic book page format, or worse, the crazy scattered layouts of the Faucett-Crest paperbacks (which sometimes would pull the artwork out of the panels). This particular book has the best reproduction quality of the new book series so far. Of course, the best reason to buy this book (and the others in this set) is because Peanuts is still one of the best comic strips of all time.


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