Our second volume begins with "Peanuts' third full year and a cast
of eight: Charlie Brown, Shermy, Patty, Violet, Schroeder, Lucy,
the recently born Linus, and Snoopy. By the end of 1954, this will
have expanded to nine. Linus still doesn't speak (except, on a few
occasions, to himself), but Schulz begins laying the foundation for
his emergence as the most complex and arguably most endearing
character in the strip: garrulous and inquisitive, yet gentle and
tolerant. And he evens acquires his "security blanket" in this
volume! Meanwhile, Lucy, an infant just a year ago, has forcefully
elbowed herself to the front of the cast, proudly wearing her
banner as a troublemaker or, in Schulz's memorable phrase,
"fussbudget," The strong, specific relationships she sets up with
each character further contributes to making her central to the
strip. (She has earned her cover status on this volume.) Charlie
Brown is clearly in transition. Although his eventual, best-known
persona (the lovable, perpetually humiliated round-headed loser) is
in evidence in many strips, his brasher, more prankish side as seen
in the previous volume (foreshadowing Bill Watterson's future
Calvin) shows up, too. This period's significant new character is
Pigpen, who would remain one of the main cast members throughout
the decade. And then there's Snoopy. To readers unfamiliar with the
early days of the strip, Snoopy's appearances here will no doubt
come as the biggest surprise. Although Snoopy has started thinking
to himself, he does no imitations (except for one brief shark
impression), he doesn't sleep atop his doghouse (much less type or
fly a Sopwith Camel), and has no fantasy life--in fact, he doesn't
even walkupright! But as we know, he is merely biding his time, and
his evolution continues its fascinating course within these pages.
This book collects 730 daily and Sunday comic strips, the vast
majority of which are not currently available in any in-print
"Peanuts collection, and over one hundred of which have never been
reprinted since their initial appearance in papers over 50 years
ago. "The Complete Peanuts is produced in full cooperation with
United Media, Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates, and Mr.
Schulz's widow, lean Schulz. Each volume in the series presents two
years of strips along with supplementary material in a three-tier
page format that accommodates three dailies or one Sunday strip per
page. Award-winning graphic novelist Seth is designing the series
so that each individual book is sharply recognizable and yet
clearly part of a consistent series. Using archival-quality
syndicate proofs for virtually every strip in its history, the
series boasts the best-looking, crispest reproduction for a classic
comic strip ever achieved. "Peanuts is the most successful comic
strip in the history of the medium as well as one of the most
acclaimed strips ever published. Charles Schulz's characters have
become American icons. "A Charlie Brown Christmas is as much an
annual holiday ritual for families as "It's A Wonderful life. A
United Media poll in 2002 found "Peanuts to be one of the most
recognizable cartoon properties in the world, recognized by 94
percent of the total U.S. consumer market and a close second only
to Mickey Mouse (96 percent), and higher than other familiar
cartoon properties like Spider-Man (75 percent) or the Simpsons (87
percent). In "T.V. Guide's "Top 50 GreatestCartoon Characters of
All-Time" list, Charlie Brown and Snoopy ranked #8.
|Country of origin:
Charles M Schulz
||220 x 181 x 75mm (L x W x T)
||Hardcover - Sewn / Cloth over boards
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