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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Canongate Books; Main edition (18 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847670318
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847670311
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 3.3 x 17.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 94,609 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'An extraordinary publishing project' -- Time

'So well-done that any reader will be impatient for the rest of the series, but in the meantime this is a book to savour' Amazon.com

'Now that Schulz is gone, the comic he drew for fifty years looks more eccentric and ingenious all the time' --Washington Post

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The creator of beloved cartoon Peanuts, "CHARLES SCHULZ was an innovative genuis of American comics and also the marathon man, drawing panel after four-square panel, year after year, creating a fantasy world that connected to kids as well as adults and all based on powerful iconic characters who express deep feelings of loneliness and resentment and despair...We remember him with love and admiration and gratitude for his gifts and his heroic endurance." -Garrison Keillor

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By lexo1941 on 27 Aug 2004
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I've been hoping for years that somebody would finally decide to republish a complete edition of "Peanuts". And Fantagraphics have finally done it. This is the first of a series of (roughly) 20 volumes, to be brought out at six-month intervals, comprising every single Peanuts strip that ever made it into print. It's a mountain, but like all good mountains, it contains treasure. Peanuts' reputation has been soiled by the association with greeting cards and general feelgood marketing hoo-hah, and it's gratifying to learn from an interview in this book that this seems to have bothered Schulz himself in later years.
In these first couple of years, he hasn't quite hit his mature style - that flat, side-on, deadpan, almost existential chilliness that characterises the best work. The characters are still being played around with; it takes him a few months to get Lucy's eyes right, and Charlie Brown has a wiseguy quality that seems quite peculiar, if you haven't read these early ones before. But the evidence is there. "Peanuts" (Schulz hated the title, which was imposed by United Features - he thought it undignified) was always the saddest and darkest of comic strips. Charlie Brown's loneliness, Linus' scholarly naivete, Lucy's aggression, Snoopy's indifference are only ever temporarily soothed. These early strips tend to be excessively wordy, and Schulz is a little too fond of showing off what a good draughtsman he is, but from the very first strip ("Good ol' Charlie Brown...How I hate him!") he knows where he's going.
There's an intelligent foreword by Garrison Keillor, and a good afterword by David Michaelis, who is working on a biography.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 May 2004
I have been looking forward to the publication of this book ever since I read a preview. There is usually very little material from the earliest years in any Peanuts collection, and it's rare to come across any old paperback copies. It was very interesting to see how different some of the characters were – Charlie Brown changes a lot later on, whereas although Lucy first appears as a little baby, it doesn't take long for her future bossy character to start emerging. Until it does, it makes quite a change to see her as the underdog in the group of girls! Snoopy is still very much just a dog – it's not even clear that he belongs to Charlie Brown. The inclusion of an index was very helpful; although it isn't totally comprehensive it makes it much easier to follow certain developments. To take Snoopy as an example, you can pick out his first thought balloon, and then the first sequence of them. Not that it was ever time wasted when we spent hours looking through several anthologies trying to find one specific strip! I also enjoyed Garrison Keillor's introduction; less so the interview with Schulz at the back of the book. But I would have no hesitation in recommending this book to any Peanuts fan, and will be eagerly waiting for the next volume to be released.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 May 2004
This is the first of Fantagraphics' series reproducing Charles Schulz's fantastic Peanuts comic strip in its entirety.
A primitive Charlie Brown and Snoopy, barely recognisable as the characters we have come to know and love today, share the first pages with a fantastically large-headed Shermy and Patty. This book charts the development of Schulz's strip, as his drawing settles into its well-known style and we are introduced to now-familiar characters; Violet, Schroeder, Lucy (and the origin of the "fuss-budget"), and a baby Linus (before his famous "security blanket"). These strips, covering the first two years of Peanuts history, show Snoopy's dog house before it assumes its side-on view, Charlie Brown as catcher of the baseball team before Schroeder replaces him, and Shermy as pitcher before Charlie Brown himself steps into his most famous role. Schulz's unique humour and comic timing are evident from the very first strip with Shermy's tirade; "Well! here comes ol' Charlie Brown!...Good ol' Charlie Brown...Yes, sir!...Good ol' Charlie Brown...How I hate him!" A brilliant insight into the world of early Peanuts and great for anyone who ever wondered how Schroeder acquired his toy piano and Beethoven fixation, what Lucy's first words were, or anyone who wanted to see Charlie Brown actually keeping a kite in the air (albeit low-flying, as he is "afraid of airplanes").
The book also includes an introduction by Garrison Keillor, a short biography of Charles Schulz, and an informative but somewhat lengthy interview with Schulz.
Great for Peanuts fanatics, but for those looking for an introduction to, overview and history of the whole of the Peanuts fifty-year run, I would recommend the 50th anniversary book, "Peanuts- A Golden Celebration".
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr. John Lovett on 5 Oct 2004
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Finally we can see how it al began for Chuck and the gang. This book is the first of 20 that will reprint for the first time all 17,897 'Peanuts' Dallies and Sundays. This covers the first two years. Although ignores the earlier 'Lil'Folks' which first introduces Patty, Charlie Brown and a puppy much like Snoopy. These are reprinted in 'Peanuts the art of Charles Shultz'.
There are some differences between the early 'Peanuts' here and the later ones. For a start both Linus and Lucy debut as babies. Snoopy is a curious puppy, and some characters who later vanish have starring roles. Sharmy, Patty and Violet had all vanished by the end of the `70's (Patty is different to Peppermint Patty who didn't arrive until 1966). But the feel of the strip is there from day one.
Important event's in the book are Charlie Browns first attempts at kicking the football (but it is Violet and not Lucy who holds it for him. Pulling away because she fears that Charlie will kick her hand) Schroder learns Piano in a day, and Snoopy thinks his first words.
I personally can't wait till the next book, and will keep on buying till I have the whole lot!
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