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The Complete Peanuts: 1950-1952 Dailies & Sundays

by Charles M. Schulz

Other authors: Garrison Keillor (Introduction)

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Series: Complete Peanuts (1), Peanuts

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Collects all the "Peanuts" comic strips as originally published in newspapers, including both daily and Sunday strips.
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Two more years of the "Peanuts" series and things continue to improve, from what was already a dynamite beginning. Everyone here is firmly in their element, with Linus, Schroeder, Lucy, Pig-pen, Violet, Patty and good ol' Charlie Brown all beautifully characterised. Snoopy, who has been through a variety of characterisations thus far, has settled down and begun to show signs of the (dare I say overexposed) character he would become. And with the introduction of Charlie's newborn sister Sally, it feels like another piece of the puzzle has been slotted into place.

Beautifully drawn, often wonderfully mature. There are of course some strips that are dated, or just don't bounce off the page, and every now and then you can tell when Schulz was having an 'off week' and decided to string out a joke over several pages. Yet those are rare, and most of the strips still have me chortling - both in the visceral manner I did as a child, and with an added layer of intellect. It's surprising how deep some of these panels are, and oddly, I'm sure that some of them will resonate even further with me when I re-read this book 25 years from now.

But, of course, who in 1959 could have predicted these would be collected in 25 such beautiful volumes? I probably won't start on volume 6 til next year, but I consider it a true privilege to have access to the complete Schulz canon, and the "Peanuts" collection will be a cherished part of my bookshelf for, I hope, the rest of my life. ( )
  therebelprince | Apr 21, 2024 |
This is a terrific collection: thorough, high-quality production and printing, and including great secondary material (an essay about Schulz's life and an extended interview with him, both covering a wide array of topics in which his strong opinions -- including his strong opinions about not having strong opinions -- come through clearly). It even has an exhaustive index of topics covered in the strips! ( )
  baroquem | Mar 8, 2024 |
The first two years of the Peanuts comic strip (1950-1952) collected into one volume, the first volume of 26 that collects all 50 years of the strip. There are characters (Sherm, Patty, and Violet) who don't appear in later years (Sherm almost disappears by the end of this volume), and a few (Schroeder, Lucy, and Linus) who make their first appearances later in the volume. The only two who are there from the beginning are Charlie Brown and Snoopy.

But they look a lot different than what most of us are used to seeing. Schulz's lines in these early strips are bolder, which sort of compresses their features, but also makes them a bit more dynamic. And Charlie Brown is less of a sad sack than he is in the later years. He is more impish, and a bit of a trouble-maker. Some of the humor is dated and obviously from the 50s (lots of "housewife" and mother-in-law jokes), but the seeds are all there for Peanuts would eventually become. ( )
  rumbledethumps | Jun 26, 2023 |
This is volume one of The Compete Peanuts 1950-1952, where it all stated for Charlie Brown and the gang. Interesting to see who the main characters were and how the strip has developed over the years. Funny how main characters then were not so much later on in the strip. ( )
  foof2you | Dec 14, 2022 |
Being born years later after the initial publication and creation of the Peanuts comic strips, I was surprised to find out about the beginnings of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the Peanut Gang. I was surprised to find out that Charlie was more a third main character besides Shermy and Patty. The style of the comic changes overtime, from the initial big and round-headed characters to the more familiar style that is known today. There seems to be a formula to the strips, usually containing four boxes to complete a story or skit. While this book does not contain colored illustrations, it is up to the exaggerated expressions from the characters to display emotions and reactions to the hijinks occurring. The fact that this is only the first volume spanning only a couple years is difficult to imagine! Some strips were simple and redundant stories while others genuinely made me laugh. It will be a feat to finish and catchup to the volumes in this collection, but I will admit I enjoy the Peanuts that are known today since I grew up with the current style. ( )
  DeisyValle | Dec 5, 2021 |
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Schulz, Charles M.Authorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Keillor, GarrisonIntroductionsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Marschal, RickInterviewersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
SethCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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