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The Complete Peanuts: 1955-1958 Boxed Setby Charles M. Schulz
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A boxed set of the third and fourth volumes, just in time for the holidays, designed by the Award-winning graphic novelist, Seth! The collection of books identical to the individual volumes ships shrinkwrapped, with Vols. 19551956 and 19571958 packed in a sturdy custom box designed especially for this set. The perfect gift item.
The Complete Peanuts 19551956 takes us into the mid-1950s as Linus learns to talk, Snoopy begins to explore his eccentricities (including his hilarious first series of impressions), Lucy's unrequited crush on Schroeder takes final shape, and Charlie Brown becomes...well, even more Charlie Brown-ish! Over half of the strips in this volume have never been printed since their original appearance in newspapers a half-century ago! Even the most dedicated Peanuts collector/fan is sure to find many new treasures.
In The Complete Peanuts 19571958, Peanuts definitively enters its golden age. Linus, who had just learned to speak in the previous volume, becomes downright eloquent and even begins to fend off Lucy's bullying; even so, his security neurosis becomes more pronounced, including a harrowing two-week "Lost Weekend" sequence of blanketlessness. Charlie Brown cascades further down the hill to loserdom, with spectacularly lost kites, humiliating baseball losses (including one where he becomes "the Goat" and is driven from the field in a chorus of BAAAAHs); at least his newly acquired "pencil pal" affords him some comfort. Pig-Pen, Shermy, Violet, and Patty are also around, as is an increasingly Beethoven-fixated Schroeder. But the rising star is undoubtedly Snoopy. He's at the center of the most graphically dynamic and action-packed episodes (the ones in which he attempts to grab Linus's blanket at a dead run). He even tentatively tries to sleep on the crest of his doghouse roof once or twice, with mixed results. And his imitations continue apace, including penguins, anteaters, sea monsters, vultures, and (much to her chagrin) Lucy. No wonder the beagle is the cover star not only of this volume but also of the beautiful collector's slipcase to this set!
"These early strips show that as well as timeless humor, it is such melancholic aspects as natural-born fussbudget Lucy's bitterness and Charlie Brown's frustrations over baseball, kites, valentines, and just about everything else he attempts that make them resound to this day." Booklist
"As essential as pop texts get." The Onion
"A treat...a package with mass appeal." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
"Even the most demanding Peanuts fan couldn't ask for more." Comics Buyer's Guide
A boxed set of the third (19551956) and fourth (19571958) volumes, just in time for the holidays, designed by the Award-winning graphic novelist, Seth! Packed in a sturdy gift box just for this collection, it's the perfect gift item!
50 Years of Art. 25 Books. Two books per year for 12 1/2 years.
Fantagraphics Books is proud to present the most eagerly-awaited and ambitious publishing project in the history of the American comic strip: the complete reprinting of Charles M. Schulz's classic, Peanuts. Considered to be one of the most popular comic strips in the history of the world, Peanuts will be, for the first time, collected in its entirety.
Each volume in the series will run approximately 320 pages in a 8? x 6 1/2? hardcover format, presenting two years of strips along with supplementary material. The series will present the entire run in chronological order, including dailies and Sundays.
Collecting the third and fourth volumes of (1955-1956 and 1957-1958) in one handsome collector's slipcase designed by the cartoonist Seth, this is the perfect gift book item.
In The Complete Peanuts 1955-1956: The third volume in our acclaimed series takes us into the mid-1950s asLinus learns to talk, Snoopy begins to explore his eccentricities(including his hilarious first series of impressions), Lucy'sunrequited crush on Schroeder takes final shape, and Charlie Brownbecomes...well, even more Charlie Brown-ish! Over half of the strips inthis volume have never been printed since their original appearance innewspapers a half-century ago! Even the most dedicated Peanutscollector/fan is sure to find many new treasures. The Complete Peanutswill run 25 volumes, collecting two years chronologically at a rate oftwo a year for twelve years. Each volume is designed by theaward-winning cartoonist Seth (It's a Good Life If You Don't Weaken)and features impeccable production values; every single strip fromCharles M. Schulz's 50-year American classic is reproduced better thanever before. This volume includes an introduction by Matt Groening (The Simpsons) as well as the popular Complete Peanutsindex, a hit with librarians and collectors alike, and an epilogue by series editor Gary Groth.
In The Complete Peanuts 1957-1958: As the 1950s close down, Peanutsdefinitively enters its goldenage. Linus, who had just learned to speak in the previous volume,becomes downright eloquent and even begins to fend off Lucy's bullying;even so, his security neurosis becomes more pronounced, including aharrowing two-week "Lost Weekend" sequence of blanketlessness. CharlieBrown cascades further down the hill to loserdom, with spectacularlylost kites, humiliating baseball losses (including one where he becomes"the Goat" and is driven from the field in a chorus of BAAAAHs); atleast his newly acquired "pencil pal" affords him some comfort.Pig-Pen, Shermy, Violet, and Patty are also around, as is anincreasingly Beethoven-fixated Schroeder. But the rising star isundoubtedly Snoopy. He's at the center of the most graphically dynamicand action-packed episodes (the ones in which he attempts to grabLinus's blanket at a dead run). He even tentatively tries to sleep onthe crest of his doghouse roof once or twice, with mixed results. Andhis imitations continue apace, including penguins, anteaters, seamonsters, vultures and (much to her chagrin) Lucy. No wonder the beagleis the cover star not only of this volume, but of the collector'sslipcase. Introduction by Jonathan Franzen (The Corrections).
This book gathers 730 daily and Sunday comic strips, the vast majority of which are not currently available in any in-print "Peanuts" collection, and over 100 of which have never been reprinted since their initial appearance in papers over 50 years ago.
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.
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