The Complete Peanuts 1959-1960

The Complete Peanuts 1959-1960


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Snoopy atop his doghouse, Lucy's five-cent psychiatric booth, the Great Pumpkin, Miss Othmar, and Sally all debut. All this, and "Happiness is a warm puppy." Nearly 200 rare or unseen strips! Introduction by Whoopi Goldberg.

As the first decade of Peanuts closes, it seems only fitting to bid farewell to that halcyon decade with a cover starring Patty, one of the original three Peanuts. Major new additions to classic Peanuts lore come fast and furious here. Snoopy begins to take up residence atop his doghouse, and his repertoire of impressions increases exponentially. Lucy sets up her booth and offers her first five-cent psychiatric counsel. (Her advice to a forlorn Charlie Brown: "Get over it.") For the very first time, Linus spends all night in the pumpkin patch on his lonely vigil for the Great Pumpkin (although he laments that he was a victim of "false doctrine," he's back 12 months later). Linus also gets into repeated, and visually explosive, scuffles with a blanket-stealing Snoopy, suffers the first depredations of his blanket-hating grandmother, and falls in love with his new teacher Miss Othmar. Even more importantly, several years after the last addition to the cast ("Pig-Pen"), Charlie Brown's sister Sally makes her appearance—first as an (off-panel) brand new baby for Charlie to gush over, then as a toddler and eventually a real, talking, thinking cast member. (By the end of this volume, she'll already start developing her crush on Linus.) All this, and one of the most famous Peanuts strips ever: "Happiness is a warm puppy." Almost one hundred of the 731 strips collected in this volume (including many Sundays) have never been collected in any book since their original release, with one hundred more having been collected only once in relatively obscure and now impossible-to-find books; in other words, close to one quarter of the strips have never been seen by anyone but the most avid Peanuts completists.

The introduction is by comedienne extraordinaire Whoopi Goldberg, who reveals which Peanuts character she has tattooed on her body (and where)—as well as telling of her meeting with "Sparky" Schulz, and her fascinating theory on Snoopy's brother Spike. As always, this volume is gorgeously designed by award-winning cartoonist Seth. The Complete Peanuts continues to receive national and international media attention for its sophisticated treatment of one of the 20th Century's defining American classics.

A 2007 Eisner Award winner: Best Archival Collection/Project: Strips; a 2007 Harvey Award winner: Best Domestic Reprint Project.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781560976714
Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
Publication date: 05/19/2006
Series: Complete Peanuts Series , #5
Pages: 344
Sales rank: 329,636
Product dimensions: 8.70(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.

Whoopi Goldberg is a household name; she’s one of the few people to have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and a Tony. She currently hosts the talk show The View.

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WittyreaderLI on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the 5th installment in the Peanuts series. I enjoyed reading it, as I always do. I kind of sped through this volume. My favorite thing about these books are the seasonal aspects. I love the fact that every Valentine's, Christmas, Beethoven's birthday and Halloween you will see a themed strip. I also like seeing the characters evolve. This book features the debut of Sally Brown.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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1959 was a transitional year for Peanuts. First of all, it featured the debut of Sally, Charlie Brown's cute baby sister. It would take another year before she'd be known for whining, mispronouncing words, a jumprope fan and of course, having a crush on Linus, much to the blanket carrying philosopher's chagrin! Snoopy would be seen resting atop his doghouse often (he's already proven to be a talented actor and dancer!). Linus would develop a crush on his teacher, Miss Othmar, and every Halloween, he'd promise the entire Peanuts gang the Great Pumpkin was coming. Whenever Charlie Brown was feeling depressed (which was quite often), he'd seek out Psychiatric Care from Lucy (for 5 cents, of course). In one classic cartoon, Charlie Brown, Lucy and Linus look up at the sky and look at the clouds. Charlie Brown is so impressed with what Linus sees that he's embarrassed by what he sees! Patty (not Peppermint Patty, you'll see her debut in 1966) is on the front cover. At this point, she's little more than one of Lucy's 2 shadows (the other being Violet). Whoopi Goldberg notes in the introduction that Charles Schulz had a lot of anger in him (that's putting it mildly). Schulz would remember all the most painful moments in his life and put them in his cartoon strip (it's hard not to relate to Charlie Brown, who's the consumate everyman!).