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The Complete Peanuts 1971-1974, Vol. 11-12 Hardcover – Box set, September 8, 2009


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Product Details

  • Series: The Complete Peanuts
  • Hardcover: 688 pages
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics (September 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606992872
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606992876
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 0.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #556,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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“Like all geniuses, Schulz blended influences in a fashion never before seen.” (The Guardian)

“Schulz’s ground breaking strip is certainly worth celebrating…” (Quick Entertainment)

“It’s impossible to think of another popular art form that reaches across generations the way the daily comic strip does…at the pinnacle of that long tradition, there was Charles Schulz.” (Seattle Times)

“It’s no exaggeration to call Peanuts the most successful comic strip in human history.” (Michaelangelo Matos - Seattle Weekly)

“A “must have” for collectors of Charles Schulz’s work, highly recommended.” (James A. Cox - Midwest Book Review)

“Schulz is the pioneer of the sadness of little children. It turns out to be not so different from the sadness of adults.” (Lev Grossman - Time Magazine)

“Reading [The Complete Peanuts 1971-72 and 1973-74] in one fell swoop, I've kind of come to the conclusion that this period is really the apex of Schulz's career. ...he was never as consistently hilarious or as poignant as he was in the early to mid-70s. If you're only buying two volumes of this series, it should be these two.” (Chris Mautner - Robot 6)

“This collection of the 11th and 12th volumes of a planned 25-book set, designed by Canadian cartoonist and designer Seth, shows Schulz's staggering talent in the prime of his career and even introduces Linus and Lucy's little brother, Rerun.” (Jonathan Kuehlein - Toronto Star)

“These hardcover editions are produced with such love and reverence that it's fun to just pick them up and page through them, at least for a bibliophile like myself. Not to be missed.” (Greg Hatcher - Comic Book Resources)

“Really strong stuff here, including the "Charlie Brown wears a sack on his head to summer camp" sequence, surely the "Poison River" of Peanuts.” (Patrick Markfort - Articulate Nerd)

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.

More 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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These books have all the comic strips from 1971-1974.
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He was able at the same time to present a melancholy almost sorrowful work that was uplifting and always entertaining.
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I have been ordering the books n this series each year as they come out.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Johnboy on September 12, 2009
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This is the collection that every Peanuts lover should have. There is only one way to improve this collection which will eventually publish every Peanuts strip from the beginning to the end, and that would be to color the Sunday comics, which would prohibitively raise the price. This collection has some wonderful strips in it when Charles Schulz was riding the tide of creativity. Highly recommended!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Grover Smith on October 7, 2009
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If you are not a Peanuts fan , its only because you were to young to have read them in the late sixties and early seventy's , his very best years . Snoopy's Red Baron was especially point-ant and still amusing set in the World War 1 years but published during the Vietnam years . Schultz all ways saw the side on the soldiers in the field . I have been a fan of Peanuts since the late fifties . I still have the pocket books I purchased in the sixties and seventies . My kids love them when they were young and still love them . My nineteen year old son loves these comics . A Great gift set of books . A true treasure .
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B on August 21, 2010
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These volumes are rapidly becoming my most prized posession. You have to understand, I AM Charlie Brown. I can link every one of these little personalities with people in my family. Every time I pick one of these books up I am transported to this nameless little town. Aren't we all a little like Charlie Brown? He tries, and tries, and tries, and usually fails; but we love him anyway! Its great to be able to see the strip that ran on special dates in your life, like the day you were born, etc. Charles Schultz was truly a genius. He was able at the same time to present a melancholy almost sorrowful work that was uplifting and always entertaining. These sets are a triumph that I eagerly await every year!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jimmy Edwards on April 18, 2013
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This volume contained two of my favorite Peanuts story arcs: The first is when Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Peppermint Patty, and Marcie head to summer camp. There, Charlie meets his roommate that says nothing but "Shut up and leave me alone." The second is where Snoopy and Lucy train for an ice-skating contest. Getting stage fright at the last minute, Snoopy abandons his partner leading Lucy to say "Come back here, you coward...I'm not gonna skate with a stupid bird." The bird, of course, is Woodstock. The cartoons from this era I remember warmly from their appearances in "The Daily Mail", as during this timeframe my family and I lived in London.
I always thought the boy at camp who said "Shut up and leave me alone" suffered from depression or a similar trauma. Until about 10-12 years ago, I thought he was the boy who walked on four straight pitches to clinch a rare win for Charlie Brown's sad sack baseball team. Of course, that was Rerun who later got into trouble for betting with Snoopy on the outcome of the game.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Linus on November 19, 2009
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These sets are the best. Wish they would print them all instead of just 2 books per year. Hope I live long enough to get them all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Just_Radar on January 21, 2010
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First, I love the peanuts. Second, I love this wonderful collection! I especially love the fact that I can see which strip was published on different important dates in my life. The Peanuts also gives a little insight as to world events and opinions at that time without getting too controversial. Well done!

If you enjoy the Peanuts and want to collect the series, this is the best way to do it. The quality of this publication is excellent and the slipcase is a great addition.

Thank you Amazon for providing this set at a great low price!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Gregory on August 7, 2013
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one of the best things in life is looking back on things you loved as a kid and find out that you love them just as much if not more as an adult. This collection is complete (two years of strips per book) and with added insights from a guest columnist (such as billy jean king) that gives us a glimpse of why this beloved strip is still so strong today. It's universal, it's honest and it's real, not overly political or too philosophical but you'll undoubtedly see bits of yourself within these comics. I highly recommend everyone buy this series, and make sure to get the two book sets (as opposed to separately) as you get free shipping and they come in a hard cover slipcase that will help ensure that this can be passed down through the generations.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Acing on November 11, 2014
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This is a great series, as confirmed by the sold out status of many of the boxed sets. Don't go for the ridiculously priced alternatives. A reprint is coming in Feb 2015. Enjoy!
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