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The first step in a long journey,
This review is from: The Complete Peanuts 1950-1952 (Vol. 1) (The Complete Peanuts) (Hardcover)
If all of the Complete Peanuts volumes are this good, then Fantagraphics will stay in business forever. This first book is beautifully packaged (by semi-famous Canadian cartoonist Seth), with three daily strips per page. Sunday strips fill an entire page. The introduction is short and to-the-point. The essay after the final strip is very good; it explains why Peanuts became the most successful newspaper strip of all time. The books ends with a lengthy interview with Charles Schulz that goes a long way toward explaining what kind of person could create such a wonderfully sweet and sad comic every day for 50 years. Schulz was both ordinary and extraordinary at the same time, and his work reflects that contradiction.
But the heart of the book is in the panels, of course. As you read, you get to see the Peanuts world grow. Schroeder and Linus are introduced as toddlers. Snoopy doesn't talk or think until the second year. (He doesn't do much except eat Charlie Brown's candy, either.) Violet pulls the football away from Charlie Brown before Lucy does. And so on. This book captures a comic strip world in its earliest stages, still forming. Even Schulz's drawing style grows from page to page, in very subtle ways.
It's going to be hard to top this first volume. The early strips have a lot of historical value, and the extras are great. Five stars.
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Initial post: Apr 2, 2008 4:10:10 AM PDT
Small comment: Snoopy never talked. Schulz was adamant that "dogs can't talk!" But apparently they can skate! :)
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 17, 2013 3:31:33 PM PST
Philip S. Wolf says:
Yup, Snoopy is a great thinker!
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