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The Complete Peanuts: 1961-1962 Dailies &…

The Complete Peanuts: 1961-1962 Dailies & Sundays

by Charles M. Schulz

Other authors: Diana Krall (Introduction)

Series: Peanuts, Complete Peanuts (6)

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Some of the glory days of Schulz's work: educational, at times political, whimsical, and a classic collection of characters. Best read over time (I tend to read a couple of weeks' worth before bed most nights) rather than lapped up, unless of course you are a complete addict. Already the series has come a long way from its roots, but still retains a hefty chunk of the philosophy and simplicity of the early days. I don't believe there had been any television or film specials by this point, so the whiff of commercialisation still only lingered at the margins. Not for much longer. ( )
  therebelprince | Oct 30, 2018 |
As we get into the 1960s, Charles Schulz introduces Frieda into the Peanuts universe, has Sally Brown grow up and sets the groundwork for Snoopy's friendship with birds.

Frieda is a character who eventually fades out of focus later on in Peanuts run - after all, her distinguishing characteristic is her naturally curly hair (which she brings up constantly). Still, the early strips where she appears are quite enjoyable, especially when we meet her cat, Faron.

Snoopy also becomes more involved with birds and there's a neat period where Linus wears glasses for awhile - which you usually didn't see in many of the later reprint books.

Peanuts just keeps getting better and better in this volume! ( )
  maxwestart | Aug 13, 2013 |
Schulz penned 17,897 daily comic strips. Fantagraphics is doing the world a great service by collecting and publishing the entire run in a series of books. Here are a few of the things that I loved about this volume:

* Schroeder's on the cover. The piano player's getting some front-cover respect!
* Diana Krall wrote a beautiful little introduction.
* I love the long-term development of various themes like the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown's baseball woes, and Snoopy's hospitality towards his fine feathered friends.
* There's an excellent Sunday gag on Linus and the Dead Sea Scrolls. Seriously, look it up!

Like the volumes that preceded it, these two years of the Schulz cannon were engaging and enjoyable. Now on to 1963. ( )
  StephenBarkley | Dec 28, 2009 |
Schulz is becoming more and more confident in his writing and artwork by this time; the artwork especially has an assured, effortless look to it. Snoopy has become a particularly intriguing character here, filled with whimsy, playfulness, and a definite awareness of his self in the universe. Charlie Brown has been called Everyman, but I think the title belongs to Snoopy. This volume introduces Frieda (and her cat, Faron), a definitely minor character marked by her self-absorption with her naturally curly hair, and her tendency to rudely critique the faults of others. Linus gets glasses here, although they would only be used sporadically, eventually to be forgotten (perhaps he got contacts). Lucy is starting to develop more of a personality as she comes out of babyhood. There is a curious skewed aging process in this strip, with some characters aging more quickly than others, until there is a near-parity in their maturations. It's a pleasure to see a fine strip again; many of these panels I have not seen since they first appeared in the newspapers. ( )
  burnit99 | Feb 18, 2007 |
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Collects the comic strip Peanuts, featuring the misadventures of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the gang, from 1961 to 1962.

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