The Complete Peanuts 1963-1964: Volume 7 Hardcover – 7 Oct 2010
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"Beautifully designed . . . One of the high-water marks of post-war popular culture." (Daily Telegraph)
"These timely re-issues illustrate not only the skill and subtle brilliance of his work but also the origins of the form beyond simple merriment." (Sunday Times)
"Canongate has had the brilliant wheeze of reprinting Charles Schulz's strip cartoon from the beginning in hardback volumes." (Herald)
"Arguably the greatest comic strip of all time is 60 years old." (The Daily Telegraph)
"it is steeped in Schulz's awareness that for every winner in a competition there has to be a loser, if not 20 losers." (Jonathan Franzen)
The latest in Canongate's Complete Peanuts series - published during Peanuts' 60th anniversary year
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This contains all Peanuts cartoons from it's final year, 1999-2000.
It follows the same format as others in the series. Starting with a one page introduction, in this case from Barack Obama, you then get the year's worth of cartoons. With three of the daily strips to a page. And the longer sunday ones to a page of their own. Although it does end on a sort run of sunday ones. And the famous final cartoon in which Snoopy types Charles Schulz's goodbye.
The amazing thing about reading through this year's worth of them [one hundred and sixty four pages worth] is just how great the standard is. Given that the cartoon had been going since 1950, that is a superb achievement. You don't get the running storylines that there were occasionally in the cartoon in years gone by, but some themes do carry over for a few instalments. And some, such as Rerun doing underground comic strip art and his desire for a dog and/or a bicycle, do keep cropping up.
So many of them do make you laugh out loud. So they are quite simply a delight to read.
But that's not all in the volume. The second half of it, over 140 pages, features L'il Folks. A cartoon that Schulz drew before Peanuts, which appeared in his local newspaper. There's a two page introduction all about. Then a L'il Folks strip on each page following. These are one panel gag cartoons, three to four of them to a page. They are in many ways a proto Peanuts. They're a bit more conventional, although you do get a dog occasionally doing funny things. You do also get a character called Charlie Brown on occasion. And one of one panel gags was actually reworked into the first Peanuts strip ever.
It is also, as a whole, pretty funny. With a great many of them that will also make you laugh out loud. This is the first time this cartoon has been properly released in any format like this, so it's a fascinating addition to this series and a really good read as well.
The book concludes with an index to the Peanuts strips, and a two page summary of Schulz's life history.
A product that couldn't be bettered. A really great read and a great way to preserve classic cartooning for posterity.
I would also recommend the book Charles M. Schulz: Conversations (Conversations with Comic Artists) as well primarly for the last interview with Gary Groth who manages to get at least a little way past the protective fence Schultz stands behind in most of his interviews.
While not as cynical as the strips from the 60s, this book provides a lot of laughs. One thing that was improved through the 70s and 80s is the drawing, in my opinion. Some hilarious drawings in this one, such as Charlie Brown winking at the Little Red-Haired Girl (page 6/7), and Linus pulls the funniest facial expression ever seen in a Peanuts comic strip thus far (page 16).
These strips are always well presented (except for one or two little errors in the index, but who really cares?) with a great cover design style. I get a bit OCD when bringing these books to the dining table (two sheets of kitchen towels below the book to keep it clean), because I want them to look good and last a long time - these are books to be treasured.
Must-buy for any Peanuts fan, casual or hardcore. Obviously. Don't wait for Canongate Books to publish this one; at the time of this review they're only up to 1973-1974.
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