Synopses & Reviews
The series that launched a comic-strip renaissance continues.
My name is 555 95472 but everyone calls me 5 for short...I have two sisters named 3 and 4.
With those words, Charles Schulz introduced one (in fact, three) of the quirkiest characters to the Peanuts universe, the numerically-monikered 95472 siblings. They didn't stay around very long but offered some choice bits of satirical nonsense while they did.
As it happens, this volume is particularly rich in never-before-reprinted strips: Over 150 (more than one fifth of the book!) have never seen the light of day since their original appearance over 40 years ago, so this will be a trove of undiscovered treasures even for avid Peanuts collectors.
These lost strips include Linus making a near-successful run for class president that is ultimately derailed by his religious beliefs (two words: great and pumpkin), and Snoopy getting involved with a group of politically fanatical birds. One wonders: Was it the political edge in these stories that got them consigned to oblivion for so long? Also worthy of note is an extended, never-reprinted sequence in which Snoopy gets ill and heads to the veterinarian hospital...
Also in this volume: Lucy's attempts at improving her friends branches out from her increasingly well-visited nickel psychiatry booth to an educational slideshow of Charlie Brown's faults (it's so long there's an intermission!). Also, Snoopy's doghouse begins its conceptual expansion, as Schulz reveals that the dog owns a Van Gogh, and that the ceiling is so huge that Linus can paint a vast (and as it turns out unappreciated) history of civilization mural on it.
And baseball continues to be a mainstay: Charlie Brown suffers from pitcher's elbow and is replaced by Linus, who turns out to be a vast improvement; he also blows several more crucial matches through various screw-ups (one with the little red haired girl in attendance); and adding insult to injury, his favorite baseball player is demoted to the minor league.
The Complete Peanuts 196364 features a new introduction by animator Bill Melendez, producer of over 75 Peanuts animated specials and movies, including the classic A Charlie Brown Christmas.
"[R]eproduces the strips of 1963-64, the years when Peanuts hits its stride....Schulz has perfected the one-two-three-Bang! timing of his jokes, and the cuteness of the earlier work has given way to something with more gravitas that doesn't deny the darkness in the world." Los Angeles Times
"One can scarcely overstate the importance of Peanuts to comics, or its influence on all of us who have followed." Bill Watterson, creator of Calvin and Hobbes
The New York Times
best-selling series continues!
The Complete Peanuts will run 25 volumes, collecting two years chronologically at a rate of two a year for twelve years. Each volume is designed by the award-winning cartoonist Seth (It's a Good Life If You Don't Weaken) and features impeccable production values; every single strip from Charles M. Schulz's 50-year American classic is reproduced better than ever before. This volume reprints all daily and Sunday strips from 1963 and 1964 and features Linus on the cover.
Peanuts is the most successful comic strip in the history of the medium. A United Media poll in 2002 found Peanuts to be the second most recognizable cartoon property in the world, recognized by 94 percent of the total U.S. consumer market and a close second only to Mickey Mouse (96 percent).
In the "New York Times" bestselling series, the daily and Sunday strips--as well as some never-before-reprinted strips--from 1963 to 1964 are collected in this volume and is tentatively scheduled to feature Linus on the cover.
"My name is 555 95472 but everyone calls me 5 for short... I havetwo sisters named 3 and 4." With those words, Charles Schulz introducedone (in fact, three) of the quirkiest characters to the Peanutsuniverse, the numerically-monikered 95472 siblings. They didn't stayaround very long but offered some choice bits of satirical nonsensewhile they did. As it happens, this volume is particularly rich innever-before-reprinted strips: Over 150 (more than one fifth of thebook!) have never seen the light of day since their original appearanceover 40 years ago, so this will be a trove of undiscovered treasureseven for avid Peanutscollectors. These "lost" strips includeLinus making a near-successful run for class president that isultimately derailed by his religious beliefs (two words: "great" and"pumpkin"), and Snoopy getting involved with a group of politicallyfanatical birds. Also in this volume: Lucy's attempts at improving herfriends branches out from her increasingly well-visited nickelpsychiatry booth to an educational slideshow of Charlie Brown's faults(it's so long there's an intermission!). Also, Snoopy's doghouse beginsits conceptual expansion, as Schulz reveals that the dog owns a VanGogh, and that the ceiling is so huge that Linus can paint a vast (andas it turns out unappreciated) "history of civilization" mural on it.Introduction by Bill Melendez, animator of all the PeanutsTV specials starting all the way back with A Charlie Brown Christmas! Designed by the award-winning cartoonist Seth.
2008 Harvey Award Winner: Best Domestic Reprint Project! With over 150 previously-unreprinted strips, this is a trove of undiscovered treasures even for avid collectors. Introduction by Bill Melendez, animator of all the TV specials starting with !
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.
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, dailies and Sundays.