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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.

Broadcaster Al Roker is the weather anchor on NBC's The Today Show and co-host of Wake Up with Al on The Weather Channel. He is the author of several books: Al Roker's Big Bad Book of Barbecue, Al Roker's Hassle-Free Holiday Cookbook, Big Shoes: In Celebration of Dads and Fatherhood, Don't Make Me Stop this Car: Adventures in Fatherhood, and two murder mysteries, The Morning Show Murders and The Midnight Show Murders.

Lynn Johnston, CM, OM (born May 28, 1947) is a Canadian cartoonist, well known for her comic strip For Better or For Worse. She was the first woman and first Canadian to win the National Cartoonist Society's Reuben Award.

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  • Series: The Complete Peanuts
  • Hardcover: 688 pages
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics; Box edition (August 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606994727
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606994726
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 2.9 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #294,413 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By VOICE OF VICTORIA on September 2, 2011
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At this point in its life Peanuts did not investigate rage and despair to the same extent it used to. There is just not the same amount of angst. Perhaps Schulz had largely worked most of the anger out of his system. These strips tend to often go for a lighter type of humor and whimsy. They are still very often amusing if not as classic. I guess the activities suggested in them like hiking, tennis, jogging are reflective of Schulz life at the time. All up if you've been collecting this series this volume while not as good as his mid 50's and 60's work is still excellent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Gregory on November 18, 2013
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A Great collection, I have all the books from the 1950s to 1990 and eagerly am awaiting the rest of the collection. (last strip came in 2000). You really can't go wrong with Peanuts, intelligent and fun humor it will simultaneously take you back to your own childhood and take you deeper into the experiences of Schulz's life. These characters are icons, and the humor/art is a template that many others have tried to emulate and only a few can pull off. Snoopy could have easily been considered "jumping the shark" in the hands of a lesser cartoonist, but in Schulz's hands its a stroke of genius. A bit sad at times, but always clever, anyone who enjoys comic strips and wants to make life a little better needs to own these books. They have definitely been a bright spot in my life. and I look forward to passing them down to my own kids some day....a great way to do something as a family. Either by sharing the books or reading them aloud, the characters jump off the page, and the writing will have you looking deeper into your own psyche and laughing at the same time.
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By Svs1Ä. on February 19, 2015
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This box set (1979-1982) is great.
Snoopy, Charlie brown, Lucy, Marcie, Peppermint patty, and the rest of the Peanuts gang are in full blast in these two volumes.
One of the volumes include one of Schulz’s best peanuts story…Charlie brown goes to the hospital.
Plenty of the ‘Beagle Scouts’ and peppermint patty and Marcie are in full motion.
Anyway, It might actually be one of Schulz’ best time of his strip ever.
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By MEJ on December 13, 2014
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Huge Peanuts fan. Fun to have all in one set. Gave as Xmas present to 9 year old granddaughter. Marvelous collection.
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By Dee on December 13, 2012
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If you love Peanuts, this book has it all. Fun reading the strips again. Large book. Well done. Schulz does it best!
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By cadi74 on November 11, 2012
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As avid Peanuts fans, we are collecting all of the books in this series. They're a great bargain for what you get.
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I have always loved Peanuts so I added this to the collection. A must have for die hard fans.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Janine Roberts on January 7, 2012
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VOLUMES 15 and 16 of the Complete Peanuts are wonderful, they cover all the cartoons drawn by Charles Schulz from 1979 to 1982. I already own volumes 1 to 14 and this is a welcome addition to my collection and allows me to relive daily and Sunday comics from that time period. If you love Snoopy and Charlie Brown, you can not be without this great set.
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