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In these strips, Caniff’s heady brew of adventure, comedy, and romance approaches perfection. Titular protagonist Terry Lee is growing out of adolescence, and he’s given a love interest in the Southern belle April Kane. While the focus remains on Terry and soldier of fortune Pat Ryan, Caniff keeps things fresh by introducing new supporting characters, notably, dashing pilot Duke Hennick and the ill-fated Raven Sherman. Soon real-life events would transform Terry from an exotic high-adventure tale into an equally thrilling wartime saga. Many aficionados feel that the just-prewar period represents the newspaper adventure strip at its peak. --Gordon Flagg
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.
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.
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 8 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 15 months ago by Stephanie S. Scheck
Each year for Christmas I give my husband a new set of these
He loves them and looks forward to getting the each year
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