The Complete Peanuts 1959-1962 Box Set Hardcover – Dec 9 2014
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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.
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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.
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)
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.
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.
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!