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The Complete Peanuts 1950 -1952: Volume 1

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The Complete Peanuts 1950 -1952: Volume 1 by Charles M Schulz
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The beginning of an extraordinary project: 50 years of art. "An extraordinary publishing project." Time 

PEANUTS is the most popular comic strip in the history of the world. Its characters – Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, Schroeder, and so many more – have become dearly loved icons for generation after generation. Now Charles Schulz's classic, PEANUTS, will be reprinted in its entirety for the first time. In these beautifully produced editions, the strip will be presented in full in chronological order. They will be the ultimate books for PEANUTS fans the world over.

These first volumes will be of particular fascination to PEANUTS aficionados. Many of the strips from the series' first two or three years have never been collected before, in large part because they showed a young Schulz working out the kinks in his new strip. They include some characterizations and designs that are quite different from the cast we all know. And Snoopy debuts as a puppy!

Critical Reviews:


The Washington Post
The idea behind his early cartoons was that it's funny when children act like adults -- hence, for instance, Schroeder playing Beethoven on his toy piano -- or don't understand the way the adult world works. By the end of the first volume of The Complete Peanuts, though, as the gentle whimsy of "Li'l Folks" begins to give way to existentialist bite, Schulz is already hinting at the much darker idea that made his strip great: that it's even funnier to see children's play anticipating adult suffering on a child's scale. — Douglas Wolk
Publishers Weekly
With its ambitious plan to reprint all of "Peanuts" in chronological order over the next 12 years, Fantagraphics is making this comics masterpiece available for everyone. The real surprise of this first volume is watching the beloved comic strip develop from its embryonic stage. From the start, Schulz had some of the ground rules in place: the ensemble cast whose faces appeared only in profile or three-quarter views, the sophisticated language from the mouths of babes and the absence of visible adults from their world. But, although "good ol' Charlie Brown" appears in the very first strip, the early protagonist is the rather colorless Shermy. Lucy is a googly-eyed baby in a playpen; Linus and Schroeder are pre-verbal infants; and Snoopy is just a small, affectionate dog without a fantasy life. Even more odd, the strip's unique hilarity hasn't quite developed yet; most of the humor here is very mild and generally stems from the characters being little kids playing with each other and fooling around with grown-up roles. They're archetypes of children, not yet archetypes of humanity. Still, flashes of Schulz's later greatness are evident. All the characters show hints of the personalities they'll grow into, and Schulz's clean, magisterially expressive line falls into position by the end of the strip's second year. Regardless, the chance to see the early "Peanuts"-much of it never before reprinted-is a treat. (Apr.) Forecast: An introduction by Garrison Keillor and the book's handsome design (by artist Seth) help make this a package with mass appeal.
Release date NZ
June 27th, 2007
Contributors
Illustrated by Charles M. Schulz Introduction by Garrison Keillor
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Edition
Main
Imprint
Canongate Books Ltd
Pages
320
Dimensions
218x170x32
ISBN-13
9781847670311
Product ID
1655878

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