The Complete Peanuts 1963-1964

The Complete Peanuts 1963-1964

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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 Peanuts TV specials starting with A Charlie Brown Christmas!

"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. 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. Introduction by Bill Melendez, animator of all the Peanuts TV specials starting all the way back with A Charlie Brown Christmas! Designed by the award-winning cartoonist Seth.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781560977230
Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
Publication date: 05/15/2007
Series: Complete Peanuts Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 437,261
Product dimensions: 8.60(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.

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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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