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Peanuts: The Art of Charles M. Schulz Paperback – Oct 28 2003

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Pantheon; Rep Sub edition (Oct. 28 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375714634
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375714634
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 2.4 x 17.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 998 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #589,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From School Library Journal

Adult/High School-The story of a great American cartoonist's artistic development and a beautiful example of book production. Vintage drawings of Schulz's work from his army days, Roman Catholic publications, and early "Lil Folks" panels are photographed from the original strips and archival collections, both black and white and in color, yellowed with age and showing marks of tape. The result is like browsing through an old-fashioned family album. It is fun to ponder the development of Lucy, a good-natured baby in the earliest strips, and to find one photo of Charlie Brown's unrequited love for the Little Red Haired Girl. An introduction by the artist's wife, commentary from the photographer, and excerpts from Schulz's letters and those from friends and fans give an in-depth look into the man's artistic technique as well as his personality. This collection will be treasured by cartoonists and "Peanuts" fans. It will also appeal to the occasional funny-page reader and students of American culture, who will gain an appreciation of Schulz's remarkable insight into the American psyche.
Jackie Gropman, Kings Park Library, Burke, VA
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Good grief! Over 500 comic strips, early prototypes of Peanuts, and more.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Format: Hardcover
If you are or were a fan of good old Charlie Brown, I highly recommend this beautiful and moving compilation of Schulz's work. More than 500 strips are reproduced, from his last penstrokes to his pre-Peanuts work. There are also modest quotes from Schulz throughout, as well as some interesting photos of his working space. As I re-read some of the earlier strips, I could vividly recall reading them as a kid. Something indelible in the seemingly simple lines of Schulz's drawing.
Its interesting and somehow affecting to trace the development of the characters, to see Lucy as an innocent baby, and then follow her into domineering fussbudgetness. And Charlie Brown grew as well, losing some of his original pumkinheadedness over the years, but also losing some of his spunk and mischievious sense of humor. You can get the sense of the strip maturing, as in the earlier strips the characters were innocent, even in their anxieties, where later they became more knowing and resigned to their lot in life. Even though the strip changed over time, it had a timeless quality. There is evidence of a world outside of Schulz's palette, as in his few strips dealing with Viet Nam. But as with his drafting p.o.v., social issues are drawn from a child's perspective, a son's anxiety over his dad's absence, the fear of being sent off to somewhere strange in the future. There is no grand moralizing or strident argument, only a small, worried child.
50 years at the board, a worthy and dignified labor of love.
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Format: Paperback
Charles Schulz. In one word...genius. It may be safe to say that I learned much about life from Peanuts. At the very least, I was able to see the humor in it. It's definitely safe to say that Charles Schulz is my all-time hero for one reason: an ordinary man through a simple medium was able to affect so many people by making them aware of what it means to live and what it means to be human. This is the obvious reason why Schulz's work transcends what we perceive to be unbreakable boundaries -- race, class, and language. Reaching 355 million readers worldwide is a breathtaking, if not, unbelievable accomplishment.
This book (the expanded edition in paperback) is well worth the buy. I bought the original hardcover copy, but the expanded edition includes a few more gems from the Schulz family vaults and the asking price is, of course, more incentive to lay your money down. While this is not a collection of comic strips proper, that is, strictly page after page of strips for the collector, it provides a most fascinating glimpse to the early days of the strip and the development of characters with whom we identify and whom we adore. Granted, there was a lot to put in this book. so many of the early strips are reduced in size and "horded" onto a single page, but it's worth the sacrifice to "squint" and take a peek at them. Many of these have not been reproduced and have not been seen in years.
The book is a unique glimpse into the work of a man who simply wanted to be remembered for creating great cartoons and pleasing people. It's nice to know that whenever life "get rough", we can retreat to Peanuts and laugh at ourselves.
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Format: Hardcover
I bought this because there is currently no other collection of Schulz's earliest Peanuts strips being published. I certainly like the book for what it is - an art book. The wealth of material inside is fantastic, and the book focuses on the strip in a holistic way, examining its influence on pop culture as well as presenting a good overview of the actual strip. However, and this is extremely crucial, this is NOT a book to buy if one wants a good collection of older Peanuts material to read and reread. Most of the strips are just photos of old newspaper clippings (I'm not quite sure what they were going for there) and hundreds of them are reprinted so small that they hurt your eyes. Also, there is virtually no continuity among the reprints. They just seem to be a random collection of the book's creator's favorites. If you are a serious fan of comics and a serious fan of Peanuts in particular, save your money for the Fantagraphics-published Peanuts albums that are coming out in April, 2004. I'm keeping this book until they do come out, and then I'm giving it to someone who's an art student with better eyesight than me (who might appreciate it a little more).
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By A Customer on April 29 2003
Format: Hardcover
Now, _this_ is the best collection you can get! Going through vast archives - including Charles M. Schulz's collection of _original_ strips, and newspaper clippings of the 1950s and beyond, as well as comic books of the 1960s, memorabilia like board games, records, bobbing-head toys (made by the Lego company before they made Lego!), and more, this is truly superb. And, the strips are presented in a unique form - instead of just reprints, we see photographs - detailed, high-quality, crystal clear photographs - of the originals, providing us with a massive increase in clarity - plus, with the newspaper clippings, we see those old dot-colored versions of the Sunday strips, and rarities - like what a strip looked like before Schulz adjusted the art for the published version, and a 1954 Sunday strip of Lucy and Charlie Brown at an ADULTS' golf tournament!! (The effect - that we only see them from about waist-down - is like how we saw Nanny in "Muppet Babies" -remember that?). We alo see Schulz' studio tools, left as they were after he finished the last strips in December 1999, and features like this - and the concluding pages - add a poignancy to the book. But it all works. There's no disappointments here!
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