- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: MetroBooks (NY); REPRINTED BY METROBOOKS edition (October 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1586630687
- ISBN-13: 978-1586630683
- Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.7 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #709,259 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Peanuts Treasury Hardcover – October, 2000
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Regardless of your opinion, there's no arguing with the strips presented in Peanuts Treasury, originally published in 1968 during what was arguably Schulz's prime. Schulz had spent most of the 50's gradually developing the cast as well as his technique, and by the dawn of the 60's, he was running full steam; it's no wonder that the strip was also at the height of its popularity.
This hardcover collection presents the cream of the crop between 1959 and 1964, and at just $9.98, it's a steal. A rather bare-bones book (the cover is very sparse and the only addition is a brief introduction written back in August of 1968), I was surprised at how funny and sharp Peanuts could be. If you're a big fan of Calvin & Hobbes, you'll definitely see the huge inspiration Schulz served on Watterson. Calvin isn't anything like the Peanuts characters, but a lot of his world views, sarcasm, and humor feel like they evolved from these strips.
The presentation isn't perfect: some of the stories running through a few strips feel like they aren't in correct chronological order, and the Sunday strips aren't in color (a small complaint, though, since the artwork, particularly the use of color, was never that elaborate). Nevertheless, if you're looking for just one Peanuts collection to own, or if you just couldn't understand what the fuss was over this strip, check this collection out.
This collection missed the chance to have a detailed introduction about Charles Schulz and the Peanuts characters. Such an introduction would have added value far beyond its cost.
The printing is so poorly done in places that it is hard to identify Charlie Brown as himself. It felt like reading a comic strip on a light colored paper bag in places.
But, the price is amazingly low. While a quality version of this book would have undoubtedly retailed for ... or more, this one is priced as though it has only 40 pages in it.
So if you want lots of Peanuts for very little money, this is your edition.
You'll find Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Schroeder, Sally, Peppermint Patty, and Violet in these strips. Some of the strips are classics that you have not seen in many years. There are some good ones of Lucy and her lemonade stand/psychiatric clinic, Charlie Brown trying to kick the football while Lucy holds, Snoopy dreaming of being the Red Baron, Halloween and the Great Pumpkin, and Charlie Brown playing on and managing the kids' baseball team.
One of the benefits of this book is that you can read through extended sequences of strips to see their connections in ways that you could not do when you only saw them daily. It helps you appreciate Charles Schulz's narrative ability more.Read more ›
Warning: do not confuse this book with the "Peanuts Treasury" *series* of books that reprint strips from the early 1990's.
The strips aren't in any particular order, but what I like about it is that you can pick it up and open it at any page for a few moments of delight. All the characters are there, in all the situations you recognise them - Charlie Brown on the pitcher's mound, Snoopy on his kennel, Lucy as psychiatrist and so on. Just what Peanuts is all about.
I think this is a great book to have lying around, and remember, it is a book of comic strips designed to entertain and amuse.
If you're going to reprint comics of this quality at least do an acceptable job. The publishers did not do Schulz's art justice IMHO. If you can deal with a poor print job and value the comics for themselves, you will enjoy this book.
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Perfect service _ book condistion just as described and delivered faster than standard: came priority! yay!Published 2 months ago by pat
Original Peanuts. What's not to love? Great anthology, I bought if for my daughter who had no clue about it until she got a part in You're a Good Man Charlie Brown. Read morePublished 7 months ago by D. Beirne
This was one of those books that was a big part of my childhood.
Covering probably the greatest era for the strip, it gives you a best-of collection of dailies and... Read more
I bought this for my 7 year old granddaughter and she loves it as much as I did at her age. I couldn't put it down as a youngster in the 60's. Read morePublished on July 30, 2014 by Robert Mebane