The Complete Peanuts 1963-1964

The Complete Peanuts 1963-1964

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The Complete Peanuts, 1963-1964 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
StephenBarkley on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There no question in my mind that The Peanuts is the most lasting comic strip of the 20th century. Sure, The Far Side was good for a laugh. Calvin and Hobbes was trendy for a time. The Peanuts have staying power.While reading through these two years, I was struck by the sense of rhythm in the strip. Every season and holiday returned with familiar variations on their theme: Valentine's Day dejection, spring-time pitching mound failures, back to school stress, Halloween's Great-Pumpkin, Beethoven's birthday, and Christmas pageants all come and go like familiar friends.Now on to 1965 . . .
davidabrams on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Charlie Brown, il est moiI should begin by telling you I harbor a fond affection for the latest volume of Peanuts comic strips released by Fantagraphics Books. The publishers have undertaken a quest to publish all of Charles M. Schulz's daily and Sunday strips (a nearly 13-year project in the making), starting with the 1950-1954 strips. This new volume, The Complete Peanuts, 1963-1964 has a room reserved in my heart for no other reason than I was born in 1963.Reading this book is like examining a time capsule, a cultural snapshot of those first two years of my life (neither of which I recollect, by the way), and the strips fill me with a nostalgic ache for How We Lived Then.As with many Americans of "a certain age," Charles Schulz's Peanuts strips chiseled away at the bedrock of our character, whether we knew it or not. I can still recall Sunday afternoons¿unimaginably long stretches of time free of the electronic jangle of yet-to-be-invented video games or cell phones¿when I would lay propped on my elbows in our shag-carpeted living room with the bright sheet of comics spread before me. In those moments I became one with Charlie Brown. His world was my world. His dog was my dog. His snatched-away football was mine. His embarrassments turned into my own social failings. On those afternoons, my head indeed felt like an oversized balloon in proportion to the rest of my body.Of course, at the time I probably just thought Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Sally, Schroeder and Snoopy were funny. A mere "Good grief" could set me to giggling without going any deeper than the superficial problem of a kite stuck in a tree. It wasn't until years later¿reading this particular volume of strips, in fact¿that I fully realized how deeply penetrating the Peanuts strips really were. As a five-year-old, I didn't stop to think that Charlie is suffering from an acute personality disorder which would, in real life, set him apart from his peers and perhaps eventually lead to his living the life of a serial killer. No, as a kid, I just thought the Peanuts gang was a laugh-riot.Here, in The Complete Peanuts, 1963-1964, you get the best of both worlds: many of the strips are laugh-out-loud funny, while nearly all of them are profound character studies of how we Americans face our triumphs (briefly-lived) and failures (long-lasting). Public humiliation is always around the corner in Charlie Brown's world, but Schulz is such a genius that he shows us how to laugh through the pain.The book, beautifully-designed in an eight-by-six horizontal format, takes us sequentially through some milestones of Peanuts history: we're introduced to a character named 555 95472 and his two sisters 3 and 4 (their last name, 95472, is actually their zip code¿a new postal concept which was unveiled in 1963); Charlie Brown continues to idolize the never-seen baseball player Joe Shlabotnik; Lucy uses Linus as her science fair project; Charlie comes down with "little leaguer's elbow," and Linus must step up to the pitcher's mound (proving to be a much better hurler than poor Charlie); and Charlie is diagnosed with "eraserophagia," which means his stomach is filled with little bits of eraser as a result of his nervous nibbling on pencils while deep in thought.And make no mistake, Charlie¿like all the Peanuts gang¿is always deep in thought. Here's just one example¿an entire monologue from the Jan. 20, 1963 Sunday strip:"Oh, how I hate these lunch hours! I always have to eat alone because nobody likes me¿Peanut butter again¿I wish that little red-haired girl would come over, and sit with me¿Wouldn't it be great if she'd walk over here and say, "May I eat lunch with you, Charlie Brown?" I'd give anything to talk with her¿She'd never like me, though¿I'm so blah and so stupid¿She'd never like me¿I wonder what would happen if I went over and tried to talk to her! Everybody would probably laugh¿She'd probably be
Wisconsin_Family More than 1 year ago
I have loved helping my kids learn why I loved Peanuts. They read them everywhere - when they're eating, laying in bed, sitting in the car.
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