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Peanuts: The Art of Charles M. Schulz Paperback – Oct 28 2003
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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.
From Library Journal
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
I received this order promptly, The item was in very good condition. I would recommend it to anyone interested in gleaning insights into the creative mind of the artist-writer.Published on Dec 13 2012 by CAROL SOO LUM
I bought this book first of all because I am a fan of Peanuts and because I am 15 years old and I don't like to read, but my mom tells me to read all the time. Read morePublished on Sept. 6 2003 by Alicia M. Charrón
If you are or were a fan of good old Charlie Brown, I highly recommend this beautiful and moving compilation of Schulz's work. Read morePublished on March 28 2003 by Mark J. McPherson
This wonderful book is designed like an album, and is actually a collection of some of Charles M. Schulz's favorite cartoons. Read morePublished on March 20 2003 by Kurt A. Johnson
This posthumous collection of the work of Charles Schulz could easily have turned into a rehash of other works, such as the Peanuts Golden Celebration that came out in 2000. Read morePublished on Jan. 2 2003 by Blake Petit
As an avid Peanuts fan my own opinion can be contrued as biased so allow me to share instead my observations of how others reacted to this book as it layed on my coffes table... Read morePublished on Dec 30 2002
This is clearly one of the best Peanuts collections aout there. Not only does it provide many of the best works of the great one Charles M. Read morePublished on Dec 9 2002 by Andre M.
I woud like to thank amazon.com for puting this book out for the fans of charles m.schulz a great artiest for the people he never gave in to the smut hokers or polatics of the... Read morePublished on Oct. 23 2002