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The Complete Peanuts 1959-1960: Vol. 5 Hardcover Edition (Vol. 5) (The Complete Peanuts) Hardcover – Illustrated, September 10, 2013
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Fantagraphics' bestselling archival series collecting the most beloved comic strip of all time—The Complete Peanuts, our landmark hardcover series, offers a unique chance to see a master of the art form refine his skills and solidify his universe, day by day, week by week, month by month. Each volume includes two years of daily strips along with featured introductions, our popular Peanuts index, essays, in-depth interviews and more, all wrapped in a gorgeous design by award-winning cartoonist Seth.
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- Item Weight : 2.02 pounds
- Hardcover : 344 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781560976714
- ISBN-13 : 978-1560976714
- Product Dimensions : 6.6 x 1.4 x 8.4 inches
- Publisher : Fantagraphics Books; Illustrated Edition (September 10, 2013)
- Reading level : 11 - 15 years
- Language: : English
- ASIN : 1560976713
- Best Sellers Rank: #403,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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* These are sadly all black and white, even the Sundays that were printed in color. Luckily, there is a second series of books that contains all the full-color Sundays. Just search for 'Peanuts Every Sunday'
* Each volume contains a brief introduction by some famous fan of the strip. They're vaguely interesting but I've never bothered to read any of them all the way through.
* If you're crazy anal as I am note that there are two slightly different versions. If you want them all to match on your shelf then take VERY careful note of the exact publisher and edition.
* Finally, take careful note of the evolution of the series. The very early strips from the 50s are almost like a totally different strip. If buying for a gift, you might consider one of the later books in the series. Completists will want them all but if the receiver is on the fence then the 50s isn't the place to start.
If you are one who loved to read Peanuts when it came out in the papers years ago, then you'll love these. They are great for roaming down memory lane. If you are a newer generation, you just might fall in love with this series. Not only do these comics reflect the age and times, so they have some historical significance, they are just plain fun, funky and funny with the kind of humor that hurts no one. You might even identify with some of the characters in this strip, since there seems to be just about every kind of character you can imagine except for ones that are just pure evil. Since there are enough of those in today's literature, you won't miss that. I sure don't.
I highly recommend this series. If you're like our household, happy collecting!
In some sense, things have not changed from past volumes: Linus still has his blanket, Charlie Brown still can't fly a kite and Lucy is a champion fussbudget. On the other hand, things do move forward, albeit slowly. As original character Shermy (the first to ever speak in a Peanuts strip) becomes less significant, we get a new character with Charlie Brown's sister, Sally. Before she can even talk, she will have her heart broken by Linus, but don't worry, she'll recover fast.
Resiliency is the key to many of these characters, none more so than the strip's centerpiece, Charlie Brown. Constantly luckless and often ridiculed by his "friends" (only Linus, and occasionally Schroeder, are relatively consistent in being nice to him), Charlie Brown, despite his glumness is actually the eternal optimist. He never gives up on flying his kit or playing baseball or even his belief that one day, Lucy will actually allow him to kick that football.
Behind the deceptively simple drawing and the child characters (by this point in the strip, even the adult voices are gone), lies an often deep and sophisticated art, filled with wit and humanity. And like any piece of art that is great and immortal, it is timeless and as good now as ever, whether you're an adult or a child.
Among the funniest of the strips in this volume are those dealing with The Great Pumpkin's introduction to the world, Charlie Brown's struggles with kite-flying and baseball managing, and Lucy's continuing passion for Schroeder. We also see the advent of Sally Brown and can monitor the gradual fading away of some of the original characters like Shermy, Patty, and Violet, who still pop up now and then but are no longer daily visitors. Fans of the great 1960s TV specials "A Charlie Brown Christmas", "Its The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown", and "Charlie Brown's Allstars" will realize some of the strips contain dialogue and action that were later used for the TV shows.
Its hard to wait six months or so between volumes, particularly when one realizes that some of the funniest episodes are still to be published, like Snoopy deciding his doghouse is a Sopwith Camel or Charlie Brown's conflict with the kite eating tree, but the anticipation will make the enjoyment that much sweeter!
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