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The Complete Peanuts 1969-1970 (Vol. 10) Hardcover – October 19, 2008
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Mo Willems is an award-winning animator, illustrator, and author. His many books include the acclaimed children's books Knuffle Bunny and The Pigeon and Elephant and Piggie series.
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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.
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All of these motifs are still present in the 1969-1970 volume, but they are beginning to be squeezed out by Schulz's increasing fascination with Snoopy's fantasy life and his new bird friend Woodstock. Now I love Snoopy and I find Woodstock appealing, don't get me wrong, but too many of the strips came to focus almost exclusively on them, to the detriment of some of the kid characters. Pig Pen has entirely disappeared, and Shermy, Patty, Frieda, and Violet only stroll by now and again. Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, and Peppermint Patty are now the only major characters besides Snoopy and Woodstock.
Everything changes, and Peanuts evolved almost continuously from its start in 1950. The difference I see here is that the changes apparent in this volume signal a move away from the strip's high point. Others will see this differently, of course, but for me personally this volume seems to start Peanuts' decline.
By this point the Peanuts gang had so settled into their routines, histrionics, and personalities that further comment isn't required. The absences remain more pronounced than the appearances. For instance, Pigpen does not appear once (though his filthy aura graces the spine). Shermy appears twice. When Frieda appears, she almost always goads Snoopy into chasing rabbits and not much more. Franklin's around, but he never plays a leading role. Peppermint Patty's monolithic personality crowds out these lesser characters. And Marcie doesn't even appear until the next volume. The Peanuts stage and cast won't change much for a few decades.
This volume closes out the 1960s. Some consider this decade the strip's absolute peak with the onset of the 1970s signaling the a decline that culminates in the 1990s. Whether true or not, no evidence of decline appears in this volume.Read more ›
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My daughter discovered these at our public library a number of years ago and she loves them. We will continue to help her build her own collection.Published 12 months ago by apmsmom
You can never go wrong with Peanuts! This is a wonderful Peanuts book and I am not sorry that I purchased it. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Stephanie S. Scheck
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This collection of Schulz's years has so much that revolutionized Peanuts--namely the hunt for the Red Baron and Woodstock. Read morePublished on March 23, 2010 by romevi
Peanuts and charlie brown is the greatist and so is this book have every one they have printed on the peanuts, quality of the book is great and a complete enjoymentPublished on January 17, 2009 by Dan (aka THXkid)
It was a present for a friend. But I love the peanuts as well and this book was just awesome and really funny.Published on January 12, 2009 by Peppermint Patty
The book was just as advertised. It is cover to cover Peanuts comic strips and is a well constructed hard back book.Published on January 7, 2009 by Jeff
I've read every Volume since they started this series. Inside ther's the same small, great strips I've smiled about the volumes before. The wonder is that although Mr. Read morePublished on December 22, 2008 by Amazon-Kunde