The Complete Peanuts 1950-1952

The Complete Peanuts 1950-1952


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The first volume in the bestselling archival series collecting the most beloved comic strip ever. Many of these formative strips have never been collected or reprinted anywhere else. Introduction by Garrison Keillor.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781560975892
Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
Publication date: 05/03/2004
Series: Complete Peanuts Series , #1
Pages: 360
Sales rank: 618,365
Product dimensions: 8.60(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 11 - 15 Years

About the Author

Charles M. Schulz was born November 25, 1922 in Minneapolis. His destiny was foreshadowed when an uncle gave him, at the age of two days, the nickname Sparky (after the racehorse Spark Plug in the newspaper strip Barney Google).

In his senior year in high school, his mother noticed an ad in a local newspaper for a correspondence school, Federal Schools (later called Art Instruction Schools). Schulz passed the talent test, completed the course and began trying, unsuccessfully, to sell gag cartoons to magazines. (His first published drawing was of his dog, Spike, and appeared in a 1937 Ripley's Believe It Or Not! installment.) Between 1948 and 1950, he succeeded in selling 17 cartoons to the Saturday Evening Post—as well as, to the local St. Paul Pioneer Press, a weekly comic feature called Li'l Folks. It was run in the women's section and paid $10 a week. After writing and drawing the feature for two years, Schulz asked for a better location in the paper or for daily exposure, as well as a raise. When he was turned down on all three counts, he quit.

He started submitting strips to the newspaper syndicates. In the spring of 1950, he received a letter from the United Feature Syndicate, announcing their interest in his submission, Li'l Folks. Schulz boarded a train in June for New York City; more interested in doing a strip than a panel, he also brought along the first installments of what would become Peanuts—and that was what sold. (The title, which Schulz loathed to his dying day, was imposed by the syndicate). The first Peanuts daily appeared October 2, 1950; the first Sunday, January 6, 1952.

Diagnosed with cancer, Schulz retired from Peanuts at the end of 1999. He died on February 13, 2000, the day before Valentine's Day—and the day before his last strip was published—having completed 17,897 daily and Sunday strips, each and every one fully written, drawn, and lettered entirely by his own hand—an unmatched achievement in comics.

Garrison Keillor has hosted the comedy/variety radio show A Prairie Home Companion since 1974. His many books include Lake Wobegon Days,
Leaving Home,
Happy to Be Here,
The Book of Guys,
Homegrown Democrat,
Lake Wobegon Summer 1956,
Love Me,
Wobegon Boy,
and Pilgrims. Audio CDs and cassettes of compilations of A Prairie Home Companion and Keillor's readings of his books have sold in the millions. He wrote the script for and starred in the 2006 motion picture A Prairie Home Companion, the final film directed by Robert Altman.

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Hamburgerclan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
How does one review a bunch of comics? I mean, sure, an individual comic strip can strike home with a serious, profound thought, or even get one's mind speculating on deep issues. But it's rare for a comic strip to delve into any prolonged analysis of an issue. Each day's strip needs to deliver its standalone message in the limited number of panels it's given. So my review of the content of The Complete Peanuts--a complete collection of Charles Schulz's iconic strip--is simple: it's funny. However, there's more to this book than just the strips. For one thing, this series is created for the hard core fan of Peanuts. The book has an index, for crying out loud! Only a true comics geek needs one of those. Also, the Peanuts of 1950-1952 is a far cry from the icons we know today. Snoopy behaves like a dog, Charlie Brown is a wise-cracking trickster and Linus' blanket is nowhere to be seen. There are a few beloved concepts that show up in this collection, but for the most part it's completely different from what's running in the newspapers today. But hey, like I said, it's funny. I'm looking forward to reading future volumes to see the strip evolve and enjoy a slice of Americana from before my time. I probably wouldn't have bought the book for myself, but my wife is a fan, so it's going on my shelf.--J.
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Wade_1701 More than 1 year ago
I have always been a fan of the peanuts characters and have followed them in the newspapers. In my youth I remember my mom and dad buying me various paperbacks with the peanuts characters and of course I always made a point to watch the ¿Charlie Brown Christmas¿ special (Which I have on DVD now).

However up to this point I was unfamiliar with the early work of Schulz concerning these lovable characters and when I saw the collections on the book shelf at B&N I had to grab the first one. It is really interesting how the characters started out compared to how they are today in their appearance and etc. Heck it started out with Patty (not Peppermint Patty), Shermy, and Charlie Brown as the main characters. There were really only three for awhile. At this time Snoopy is also an instrumental character however he is more like a regular dog in appearance and mannerisms with the touch of an emerging attitude. You will see the introduction of Violet and then Schroder in this volume as well as Lucy later on who is still a small girl that sleeps in her crib at this point in time.

The strips that are contained in this 1950 ¿ 1952 volume are humorous and I do have to chuckle out loud from time to time. I just think it will be interesting to watch these characters develop from the beginning and transform into the existing characters they are today. I have recently bought the 2nd volume and plan to buy them all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm 44 years old and thought that I had read all the Peanuts cartoons through the years. These books actually have cartoons I have never read and I was thrilled that there are more Peanuts cartoons to read even after the death of Charles Schultz. They still make me crack up and my 17-year-old son and 12-year-old son and I fight over who gets to read them. I just bought the second one and plan to buy them all. It's amazing how old these cartoons are and that they are still hilarious, but still about basic human behavior. I've been purchasing the old paper backs since I was about 10 years old and my kids have literally torn the backs off some of them. These are highly recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well, here it is. The early days of the Peanuts gang as drawn by mastermind Charles 'Sparky' Schulz (not Schultz). It's Shermy who introduces Charlie Brown in the 1st cartoon, albiet with sarcasm: 'Here comes good ol' Charlie Brown, yes sir!... How I hate him!' Many of these cartoons (but not all) appeared in abridged anthologies entitled Peanuts (published 1952), More Peanuts (published 1954) and Good Grief, More Peanuts (published circa 1955). Charlie Brown started out as friendly, naive and mischievous. Shermy was his original buddy. Patty and Violet were also his friends and a lot cuter (but that would soon end, when Lucy's fussbudget attitude took over; she would use them as her Greek chorus while picking on poor ol' Charlie Brown). At the end of 1950, Charlie Brown is given his trademarked shirt with the jagged stripe. Snoopy is just a cute puppy, not a genius yet but still with imagination! 1951 marks the debut of a 6th character, Schroeder, who started off as a baby. It's not long before Charlie Brown turns him onto the piano and a musical genius is born. Charlie Brown takes offence to a rumour about him and Patty (correction: he doesn't love Patty, he loves the whole world!). 1952 marks the debut of the Sunday cartoon strip where the gang plays tag (the original logo is noticably different in typed letters not unlike the MAD letters). If that's enough, 2 new characters come aboard, infant Lucy Van Pelt, with big saucerlike eyes and a cute demeanor (the fussbudget had yet to emerge in her) and later her baby brother Linus (he didn't yet speak but had already taken to sucking his thumb). As of this writing, the 2nd volume has yet to be release and the evolution of the Peanuts characters is further underway.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved 'The Complete Peanuts, 1950-1952'! I'd never seen these cartoons before, so I was excited to see the first Peanuts strips! The only strip I had seen prior to this book was the first one where Shermy goes, 'Well, here comes good ol' Charlie Brown. How I hate him!' The cartoons in here are so funny! Like the one where Patty and Charlie Brown are in the candy store and Patty asks, 'What kind of candy do you like, Charlie Brown?' Charlie Brown goes, 'I like 'em all, all except coconut. I can't stand coconut.' and Patty tells the guy at the counter, 'A nickel's worth of coconut, please!' LOL! I also love the interviews and information about Schulz at the beginning and ending of this book. Very funny book. I think any person who has ever been a Peanuts fan should check it out!