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