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Peanuts 2000: The 50th Year Of The World's Favorite Comic Strip Paperback – September 5, 2000
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how can I ever forget them. . . ."
How could any of us ever forget them? For fifty years, Charles Schulz and the whole Peanuts gang have delighted millions of readers around the world. Now, in celebration of the artist who quickly became a national treasure, this special anniversary volume brings together for the first time in book form, the last year of the Peanuts comic strip. With Peanuts 2000, there's no need to say goodbye to old friends.
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Charlie Brown would never get another chance to kick the football or win a baseball game. His love would go unrequited, as it had for 50 years. Charlie Brown reminds us, "The inside of a mailbox should always be kept clean in case you get a love letter." But he received no valentines this year either. Marcia and Peppermint Patty never got a chance to tell them how they felt. I don't know if Snoopy ever got to Bill Maudlin's house on Veteran's Day either. But if Charles Schultz were still here, would they eventually be successful? As Charlie Brown once said, "Never stay awake at night asking yourself questions you can't answer."
Peanuts seemed at first glance to be a simple strip. But it is complex and full of meaning. I read my first Peanuts strip in 1958 and they have only gotten better. The different characters seemed to be different parts of Charles Schultz. They are funny and they are thoughtful. This book is a perfect example of that.
(Missing from the first edition was the good-bye from Mr. Schultz. I wrote a letter to Random House about this. They sent be, at no charge, a copy of the next edition.)
So within the sadness there is laughter. The book is perfect Peanuts. And while his books will last forever, it is time to say goodbye. Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus.......Charles Schultz, how could we ever forget you?
Authors should take note of this problem, and be sure that someone very capable takes over watching your publisher for quality issues after you are deceased. As a further example of this problem, Ansel Adams books are often printed on pages that are much too small for the images now, even though he went to great lengths to avoid having the quality of his work compromised.
I enjoyed seeing this volume. It is comprised of all the strips from the final year (if you get the right version). More than that, it was a microcosm of 50 years of Peanuts. Here are some examples:
Charlie Brown: "If I ever got a [love letter], I don't know what I'd do."
Lucy: "I'm thinking of starting a discussion group . . . People would come from all around to listen to me."
Sally speaking on her string telephone: "How do you get an outside line?"
Snoopy to Woodstock while making a sled out of a water dish: "Go ahead . . . Climb in -- Sorry . . . I forgot to pour the water out . . ."
Rerun: When told by his teacher to paint flowers -- "I don't do flowers . . . I do underground comics."
Marcie (reacting to plans to play Mary in the Christmas play): "There is no Christmas play, sir . . . That was last year.Read more ›
I especially like how Rerun, the younger brother of Lucy and Linus, comes to the forefront in the final year. Rerun seems more like a kid, hearkening back to the earliest Peanut strips of the early fifties; with Rerun, Snoopy is more doglike in behavior and their interactions are funny and endearing. I also enjoyed how Schulz liberated himself from the stricture of the four panel daily format and was able to mix it up, sometime employing only a single panel to get his gags across.
I miss reading new Peanuts comics, but take comfort that all the strips are available in print, thanks to Fantagraphics Press and others. It's good to see a Peanuts renaissance taking place thanks to the new movie that has been released. Long live Peanuts!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love it! For old and new fans alike. Brings out the innocent (not much) part of you.Published 2 months ago by Jaime
This book has the final year of the influential comic strip by Charles Schulz. The characters are so recognizable they've become a part of our culture. Read morePublished 4 months ago by thirdtwin
Gentle*, charming, humane humor.
*('cept for a few characters. we know who they are)
Ahhhh...who couldn't adore this book!!! I bought it for my 11-year-old granddaughter to introduce her to Peanuts. She could be heard laughing in her bedroom with a friend.Published 6 months ago by Momela
This was a Christmas gift for my 12 yr. old grandson. He loved it.Published 8 months ago by Janellen Hoyt