Peanuts: A Golden Celebration: The Art and the Story of the World's Best-Loved Comic Strip

Peanuts: A Golden Celebration: The Art and the Story of the World's Best-Loved Comic Strip

by Charles M. Schulz

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Overview

Will Charlie Brown ever get to kick the footballs? Will Schroeder finally return Lucy's love? Will Linus give up his security blanket? Will Peppermint Party ever pass a test? And, most importantly will Snoopy—that canine literary ace—ever be published?

"To take a blank piece of paper and draw characters that people love and worry about is extremely satisfying. It really does not matter what you are called or where your work is placed as long as it brings some kind of joy to some person some place."
— Charles Schulz

Peanuts: A Golden Celebration honors the momentous 50th anniversary of Charlie Brown and the gang with over 1,000 carefully selected strips that tell the story of Peanutslike no other book before. In Schulz's own words we learn how he came to create the world's most popular comic strip characters from nostalgic and sometimes painful memories of growing up—such as the agony of classroom Valentine exchange and the longing for a little red-haired girl.

From the debut of Peanuts on October 2, 1950, to the golden jubilee, here are fifty years of the favorite episodes and the..."firsts," such as the first time Lucy pulled the football away from Charlie Brown. Included are scenes from the beloved Charlie Brown television. specials and the latest revival of the Broadway musical, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown.

These are the strips and events that have made Peanuts an awesome phenomenon, appearing in 2,600 newspapers worldwide everyday. Not bad for a round-headed kid called Charlie Brown.

Let the celebration begin!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062702449
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/22/1999
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 10.00(w) x 11.87(h) x 0.81(d)

About the Author

Charles M. Schulz, the most popular cartoonist in history, published comic strips in 2,600 newspapers worldwide and won several prestigious awards, including the Congressional Medal of Honor. Mr. Schulz died on February 12, 2000, the night before his farewell Peanuts comic strip was published.

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The Early Years

The publication of this book marks 50 years since the first Peanuts strip uppeared in newspapers. I have been asked many times if I ever dreamed that Peanuts would become so successful. Obviously I did not know that Snoopy wasgoing, to go to the moon and I did not know that the term "happiness is I warm puppy" would prompt hundreds of other such definitions and I did not know that term "security, blanket" would become part of the American language; but I did have the hope that I would be able to contribute something to a profession that I can now say I have loved all my life. However I think I always surprise people when I say "Well frankly, I guess I did expect Peanuts would be successful, because after all, it was something I had planned for since I was six years old."

The comics entered my world early. I was two days old when an uncle nick-named me "Sparky," short for Sparkplug, Barney Google's horse in a popular comic strip of the time. And that name has stayed with me since.

My earliest recollection of drawing andbeing complimented on it is from kindergarten.I think it was my first day, and the teacher gave us huge sheets of white paper, large black crayons, and told us to draw anything we wanted.I drew I man shoveling snow, and she came around during the project, looked at my picture and said "Someday, Charles, you're going to be an artist."

My father was I barber (like Charlie Brown's father). Frequently in the evenings I went to the barbershop to wait for my father to finish work and then walk home with him. He loved to read the comic strips and we discussed them and worried about what was going tohappen next to certain characters.On Saturday evening, Iwould run to the local drugstore at 9:00 when the Sunday pages were delivered and buy the two Minneapolis papers.The next morning the two Saint Paul papers would be delivered, so we had four comic sections to read.

In my childhood, sports played a reasonably strong role, although they were strictly the sandlot variety.When the baseball season came, we organized our own team and challenged those of other neighborhoods. We rarely had good fields for our games, and it was always our dream to play on a smooth infield and actually have a backstop behind the catcher so we wouldn't have to chase the foul balls. In Minnesota, almost everyone knows how to skate, but I didn't actually learn on I real skating rink. Every sidewalk in front of every school had a sheet of ice at least ten feet long worn smooth from the kids sliding onit. It was on such a patch of ice no longer than ten feet or wider than three feet, that I learned to skate. To play hockey on a real rink was a hopeless dream. Our hockey was usually played on very tiny rink in one of our backyards, or in the street where we simply ran around with shoes rather than skates. I had always wanted to play golf and had seen a series of Bobby Jones movie shorts when I was 9 years old. There was no one to show me the game, and it was not until I was 15 that I had I chance to try it. Immediately I fell totally in lovel with golf. I could think of almost nothing else for the next few years. I still wanted to be a cartoonist, but I also dreamed of becoming a great amateur golfer.

I have always tried to dig beneath the surface in my sports cartoons by drawing upon an intimate knowledge of the games.The challenges in he faced in sports work marvelously as a caricature of the challenges that we face in the more serious aspects id our lives.

During my senior year in high school, my mother showed me an ad that read: "Doyou like to draw? Send in for our free talent test." This was my introduction to Art Instruction Schools, Inc., the correspondence school then known as Federal Schools. It was located in Minneapolis.I could have gone to one of several resident schools in the Twin Cities, but it was this correspondence course's emphasis upon cartoooning that won me. The entire course came to approximately $170, and I remember my father having difficulty keeping up with the payments. I recall being quite worried when he received dunning letters, and when I expressed these worries to him he said not to become too concerned. I realized then that during those later depression days he had become accustomed to owing people money.I eventually completed the course, eventually paid for it.

When I was just out of high school. I started to submit cartoons to most of the major magazines, as all ambititous amateurs do, but received the ordinary rejection slips andno encouragement. After World War II, however, I setabout in earnest to sell my work. One day, with my collection of comic strips in hand, I visited the offices of Timeless Topix, the publishers of a series of Catholic comic magazines. The art director. Roman Baltes, seemed to like my lettering and said, "I think I may have something for you to do." He gave me several comic book pages that had already been drawn by others but with the balloons left blank, and he told me that I should fill in the dialogue.

This was my first job, but soon after I took it I was also hired by Art Instruction. For the next year, I lettered comic pages for Timeless Topix, working sometimes until past midnight, getting up early the next morning, taking a streetcar to downtown Saint Paul, leaving the work outside the door of Mr. Baltes' office, and then going over to Minneapolis to work at the correspondence school. My job there was to correct some of the basic lessons, and it introduced me to a roomful of people who did much to affect my lateer life.

Peanuts: A Golden Celebration. Copyright © by Charles Schulz. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

Table of Contents

The Early Years
6(14)
The Beginning of Peanuts
14(1)
The 50s
15(21)
The 60s
36(24)
Charlie Brown on the Screen
60(14)
You're on Broadway, Charlie Brown
74(8)
The 70s
82(38)
The 80s
120(2)
The Travels of Charlie Brown
122(18)
Compliments and Comments
140(32)
The 90s
172(28)
Different Views of Peanuts
200(34)
The Sunday Colors
234(15)
Charlie Brown at Work
249(1)
Conclusion 250(3)
A Peanuts Chronology 253

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Charles Schulz

From the Author:

To take a blank piece of paper and draw characters that people love and worry about is extremely satisfying. It really does not matter what you are called or where your work is placed as long as it brings some kind of joy to some person some place.

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Peanuts: A Golden Celebration: The Art and the Story of the World's Best-Loved Comic Strip 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
foof2you on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A great look at 50 years of the Peanuts gang. Nice stories about some of the issues covered. A book that any fan of Peanuts should have in their collection.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
definitely a great book to have! it is very knowledgeable and tells you everything about how peanuts was created and how all the characters were formed. im loving every minute of it. peanut lover for life/
JAB27 More than 1 year ago
Love Peanuts characters. Always entertaining!!!! This book was given as a Christmas gift to another Peanuts lover!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is probably one of the biggest Peanuts collection books ever made! Besides the comics, they have other pages where they talk about the Broadway show and things like that. I also love this book because the comic strips are in different chapters: The 50s, 60s, 70s, etc etc. Charles M. Schulz began to have a great sense of humor when he was in the 60s. You must buy this book, or else your love of Peanuts will be incomplete!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The best Peanuts book ever to be written! Don't dis Charlie Brown, Linus, Sally, Schroeder, Franklin, Patty, Peppermint Patty, Marcie, Thibualt, Shermie, Frieda, or anybody but Lucy. Snoopy is awesome!
Guest More than 1 year ago
far by the best peanuts book I ever read before
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is my most prized book. It has many comics with margin notes about the origin of Schulz's ideas. This book makes me smile when I read it. I will never regret ever purchasing this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Here's a great gift for everyone's 50th Anniversary Peanuts party! I especially liked the interesting margin notes by creator Charles Schulz, in which he discusses both the evolution of Peanuts and ideas behind specific strips. Did you know that one reason he chose Beethoven as Schroeder's main man is that Schulz thought the name 'Beethoven' sounded funny? Now you know. I do wish all the Sunday strips were reproduced in color, since they would have been originally - most here are not. The bulk of the book is a good selection of many of the best Peanuts strips from each decade. That could mean that this book may not be ideal for someone who already has most of these strips elsewhere. But for the majority of Peanuts fans, I'd say this would be a terrific selection. Very nice appearance, too - big gold cover to match the title.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has hunreds of strips that cover almost his whole life
Guest More than 1 year ago
I simply think that this is one great peanuts book. Im not embarressed to say that I probaly have every snoopy thing that there is, because it is awesome! If you love Peanuts, then you'll love this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Peanuts Golden Celebration is the best book I have ever read. I have been a huge fan of Penauts comics for years and this is the best book they have. It shows thousands of strips and tells the story of Charles Shulz. It also shows pictures of the play and the movies. If you have been a fan for years or have just started to like Peanuts this is the book for you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is exceptional! Very cute. It is a must for all Peanuts fans!
Guest More than 1 year ago
AWESOME PEANUTS BOOK!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great! I was lucky enought to get a copy, and I am glad to know that now, my children will know all about the colorful adventures of the Peanuts Gang!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very good book, a must for any peanuts fan.