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Peanuts A Treasury of Happiness Hardcover – November 4, 2008
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
Here are 8 of them published in one cover, as bright as ever and yes the ink smells the same.
A great nostalgia item for the Peanuts fan.
Great for those learning how to read.
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I purchased these for the Grandkids for Christmas. I am determined that these kids will see books, not just digital devices.Published on September 20, 2013 by penny13
This is an excellent example of the work done by Charles M. Schulz. I feel that this is only a slight example of Schulz's work. Read morePublished on January 2, 2013 by Rumsey R Oates
The total of this book is a big letdown. Totally red pages where you cant make out the drawings? Really! Read morePublished on December 28, 2012 by John Simelbauer