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The Complete Peanuts 1950-1952 [Paperback]

Charles M. Schulz
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  • Paperback: 297 pages
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics Books (8 Jun 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606997637
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606997635
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 16.6 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,666,946 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a great paperback collection, and for my taste much easier to read than the hardback version. Here are the very earliest Peanuts cartoons. They're good in their own right, but there are only hints here and there that the series would become the one that is loved across the globe as it evolved. The characters aren't set as we would recognise them (in how they're drawn or how they act). There's little continuity or clarity about who is whose sibling, and there are characters here that Schulz appears to have completely rethought later on - they look different, have different relationships with each other, and different behaviour patterns. Charlie Brown starts off as an average boy, the recurring "hero" of the cartoons, around whom most of the little plots revolve. Snoopy, though, is just his very small puppy, and looks more like a dog here than he later became (he's on all fours at all times, for one thing). We rarely see what he thinks, and he's mostly just there as a minor supporting character for Charlie Brown. It's not even entirely clear at first whose dog he is! There's very little of the almost surreal humour (like the later "World War 1 Flying Ace") that Snoopy came to specialise in. It's there in a very small way, just occasionally, as you can see Schulz trying this out for size in the odd strip, but more often the jokes and punchline here are quite pedestrian. There's little continuity or thematic repetition, and Charlie Brown doesn't have any of his later angst. You can see progression, though. The cartoons at the end of the collection are progressively better written than the earlier ones. Read more ›
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