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The Complete Peanuts 1955-1958 Box Set Hardcover – Nov 8 2005

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  • Hardcover: 720 pages
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics Books; Box edition (Nov. 8 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156097687X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560976875
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 7.1 x 18.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #135,267 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Charles M. Schulz was born November 25, 1922, in Minneapolis. His destiny was foreshadowed when an uncle gave him, at the age of two days, the nickname Sparky (after the racehorse Spark Plug in the newspaper strip Barney Google).In his senior year in high school, his mother noticed an ad in a local newspaper for a correspondence school, Federal Schools (later called Art Instruction Schools). Schulz passed the talent test, completed the course, and began trying, unsuccessfully, to sell gag cartoons to magazines. (His first published drawing was of his dog, Spike, and appeared in a 1937 Ripley's Believe It or Not! installment.) Between 1948 and 1950, he succeeded in selling 17 cartoons to the Saturday Evening Post as well as, to the local St. Paul Pioneer Press, a weekly comic feature called Li'l Folks. It was run in the women's section and paid $10 a week. After writing and drawing the feature for two years, Schulz asked for a better location in the paper or for daily exposure, as well as a raise. When he was turned down on all three counts, he quit.He started submitting strips to the newspaper syndicates. In the spring of 1950, he received a letter from the United Feature Syndicate, announcing their interest in his submission, Li'l Folks. Schulz boarded a train in June for New York City; more interested in doing a strip than a panel, he also brought along the first installments of what would become Peanuts and that was what sold. (The title, which Schulz loathed to his dying day, was imposed by the syndicate.) The first Peanuts daily appeared October 2, 1950; the first Sunday, 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.

Matt Groening is the creator of the longest-running comedy in television history The Simpsons. It exploded into a cultural phenomenon in 1990 and has remained one of the most groundbreaking and innovative entertainment franchises, recognizable throughout the world. He followed it with his creation of the hit sci-fi series Futurama, currently one of the top-rated shows on Comedy Central. As a cartoonist, Groening began his Life in Hell weekly comic strip series in the 1980s, which he concluded in 2012. He lives in Southern California.

JONATHAN FRANZEN is the author of five novels, most recently "Purity "and "Freedom", and five works of nonfiction and translation, including "Farther Away" and "The Kraus Project". He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the German Akademie der Kunste, and the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.


"The chance to see the early "Peanuts--much of it never before reprinted--is a real treat."

"Even the most demanding Peanuts fan couldn't ask for more. [Grade: ] A+"

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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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HASH(0x9fe800f0) out of 5 stars Complete 2-book Set : Identical as the books sold separately only cheaper! April 20 2006
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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 1955-1958.

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.

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HASH(0xa0b68fa8) out of 5 stars A dream come true Feb. 6 2010
By Aquila Chrysaetos - Published on
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When I was in school, They would hand out the Scholastic books catalog periodically. I would look at the page that featured the 'Charlie Brown' books with envy. My family's financial status permitted us few pleasures. I looked wistfully at my friends' books. One year I was allowed to get one. I treasured that book but wished for more.

A few years ago while I was in a bookstore, I happened across a bigger hardcover book! Those childhood gimmes came right back! It was rather spendy and I noticed that there were several books. Amazon to the rescue! They're MUCH less expensive and the best deal is to be had when you buy the boxed sets of two with free shipping.

Unlike other comics collections, these books are much more portable. They are sturdily made and printed on high quality paper.

Snoopy become more humanlike in this set. You see the first of his antics with Linus' blanket and his animal impressions. You also see his first attempts at sleeping on his doghouse roof.

You also see a clean pigpen!

I have all of the books currently out and I intend to get the rest of the collection. And Amazon with be there to make them affordable.
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HASH(0xa1e0ed38) out of 5 stars Worth every Peanut! Sept. 6 2007
By Aaron Stack - Published on
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I can't even begin to express how much I am enjoying Fantagraphics wonderful Peanuts boxed sets! The "look and feel" elements are both simplistic and elegant (especially the slip case covering). The archival quality paper is sturdy and clear; these books are designed to last! If you have even a vague interest in Peanuts, Schultz, or cartoonist in general these volumes ( at least multiple years) are must buys!
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HASH(0xa0b1b858) out of 5 stars A true gem July 12 2007
By Jim Grey - Published on
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My youngest son has spent hours reading the Peanuts books I got from the Weekly Reader Book Club when I was a kid. So for his birthday I bought him this set. He and I have spent many, many very enjoyable hours together reading these volumes out loud. He likes to read Linus, Lucy, and sometimes Snoopy, and I read the rest. It is satisfying to watch my son get as much enjoyment from these strips as I did when I was his age.

I'm sure I'll continue buying these books for him -- and secretly enjoy them as much as he does as we read them together.
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HASH(0xa1e002f4) out of 5 stars Peanuts at its creative peak! March 6 2013
By Terry Rance - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Respect of course to Charles M. Schulz for the longevity of his comic strip (50 years), but in its later days I didn't really bother reading it. Snoopy was typecast, cocky and iconified, Charlie Brown had had enough childhood angst to last ten kids, and the original "feeling" was missing. These, the early adventures, stand out so much more. Sure the artwork is not perfected (though I love this version of Snoopy), but the wit and character assessment/assassination was spot on.