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The Complete Peanuts, Vol. 1: 1950-1952 (The Complete Peanuts #1)

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This first volume, covering the first two and a quarter years of the strip, will be of particular fascination to Peanuts aficionados worldwide: Although there have been literally hundreds of Peanuts books published, many of the strips from the series' first two or three years have never been collected before—in large part because they showed a young Schulz working out the ...more
Hardcover, 343 pages
Published May 17th 2004 by Fantagraphics (first published 2004)
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Jan 26, 2010 Oriana rated it it was amazing
I guess I'm a little too young to have known better... What I though I knew of Peanuts was the tired, same-ten-or-so punch lines of this strip in the Sunday Washington Post in the '90s. I always thought it was pretty stale and insipid.

When I read this collection, however, I was blown away. These early strips are punchy, bitingly clever, hilarious, and mean -- a clear predecessor to Calvin & Hobbes, my most beloved comic strip ever. Highly impressive.
Oct 09, 2014 Michael rated it really liked it
Growing up, I loved checking collections of Peanuts comic strips out of the library. During my younger years, there were two size to the Peanuts collections -- the smaller, standard size paperbacks, which rarely included the Sunday strips and the larger trade paperbacks that included more comics per page and the Sunday strips. I have found memories of reading those collections over and over again and always heading to that section of the library with the hope that a new collection was on the she ...more
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Jul 18, 2007 Fantagraphics Books rated it it was amazing

This first volume, covering the first two and a quarter years of the strip, will be of particular fascination to Peanuts aficionados worldwide: Although there have been literally hundreds of Peanuts books published, many of the strips from the series’ first two or three years have never been collected before — in large part because they showed a young Schulz working out the kinks in his new strip and include some characterizations and designs that are qu
Jan 14, 2015 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is the first 27 months or so of the Peanuts comic strip in its entirety, from October 1950 to December 1952. It's interesting to see how different the characters were then. The four originals were Charlie Brown, Shermy, Patty, and Snoopy. Violet was introduced a few months later, then an infant Schroeder, a toddler Lucy, and finally an infant Linus (with a GIGANTIC head and metric ton of hair). Charlie Brown was only beginning to develop his despondent personality; in the earliest months, h ...more
Jul 28, 2016 Mario rated it it was amazing
The first two years of Peanuts are a work in progress. The drawing is solid but generic, the personalities are still being formed, even the roster of characters is being changed month over month.

But make no mistake, the genius of Schulz is displayed all over the cartoons. The wittiness, the conundrums, the exploration, everything is now displayed, maybe not as you know it, maybe not as precise or specific, but the seed is there.

It doesn't look like Snoopy, it still doesn't talk like Snoopy, but
Roxana-Mălina Chirilă
Jul 03, 2016 Roxana-Mălina Chirilă rated it it was amazing
There was a time during my childhood when Snoopy was everywhere: he had stickers, toys, he was depicted everywhere. The odd thing was that I didn't know anything about him or where he was from. He was just Snoopy, the white dog popping up all over the place.

It was many years later that someone mentioned Peanuts in a loving tone and I asked what it was about. "You don't know?! Charlie Brown, Snoopy..."

"Oooh," I said, "Snoopy." It was the first time I realized that Snoopy was more than a canine v
David Schaafsma
Mar 28, 2014 David Schaafsma rated it it was amazing
So this is Peanuts at the beginning, a little meaner and leaner and more roughly sketched.. and you get an tiro from Garrison Keillor and a long analytical essay and an interview with the sometimes crusty Schulz, who, as it turns out, HATED the title he was forced to accept, Peanuts, which he said lacked "dignity" and depth, which is what (and I agree) his work and humor and insights afforded the reader, even from the start. The characters are sort of more blunt, and more direct, and editors hel ...more
Oct 21, 2011 Myles rated it it was amazing
I've lusted after these books for a long time. Everything about them from the sharp design and production value to the actual content itself appealed to me. I love Peanuts, but I couldn't justify the expense on a collecion of a comic-strip I thought would provide only nostalgia.



Great Scott!! was I wrong! There is plenty of the gentle magic of the Peanuts I grew up with in the paper and in collections from the library, but there was even more raw outbursts of emotion that underlined the grim acc
Jun 20, 2008 Michael rated it really liked it
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This stuff is brilliant, and some of the god-damned cutest cartooning I have ever seen. The very first Peanuts strip (which I found out was printed in only 7 papers - Allentown and Bethlehem dailies being 2 of them) kind of sums up the early years of Peanuts strips. Shermy and Patty - two relatively bland, but extremely cute and honest little kids - sit on the curb, looking bored. Charlie Brown approaches. Shermy says, "Here comes good ol' Charlie Brown." He says this a few times as Charlie Brow ...more
Devin Bruce
Nov 07, 2010 Devin Bruce rated it it was amazing
There's just something about the early Peanuts strips. It's a world that is saturated with depression but at the same time a lighthearted innocence, and a fun that I find lacking in the later strips (i.e., the strips I read when I was growing up in the 80s). I love the early designs of the characters before they got smaller heads and larger bodies; the tighter lines and the younger-looking characters give the darker subjects a much more sweet and hopeful feel. It's very different to hear a four- ...more
Jun 08, 2016 Liam rated it liked it
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This isn't really a fair review. I'm sure if I was born 40 years earlier than I was I would have grown up with this like I did some Beanos. I guess I just wanted to read it because Chris Ware repeatedly praises it, and through his recent character Rusty Brown, I suspect grew up with these. But instead of pretending to know what that would feel like, or giving it bonus credit for being a pioneer for its time, I'll just take it how it is as if it were released today. This is charming and nice to i ...more
El Biblionauta
Jun 20, 2016 El Biblionauta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Alrededor de Peanuts hay un montón de malentendidos. Demasiados. Algunos son culpa de los lectores, otros de los editores, no pocos del autor. Podríamos empezar hablando de la publicación desordenada y caótica de la serie que hemos sufrido en el país a lo largo de decenios. O del título, que en España y en Cataluña ha ido variando a gusto del editor. Cuando se publica en catalán, en una iniciativa magnífica de Edicions 62, se hizo agrupando las tiras en diferentes volúmenes y con títulos como És ...more
Mar 20, 2016 Cale rated it really liked it
Ahh, Peanuts. It's nice to go back to the beginning are revisit the early adventures of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and their friends Shermy, Patty (not Peppermint Patty), and, soon after, Violet. Really. That's who the comic started with. It's amazing to see how much it evolved in the first couple of years (especially with Lucy and Schroeder and Linus joining, albeit with Lucy very different from who she is today). And it's interesting to see Charlie Brown and Snoopy before their characters fully fo ...more
Jul 16, 2015 Jdetrick rated it really liked it
Growing up I enjoyed Peanuts quite a bit, but as I got older I began to look down on the strip. It wasn't as sophisticated or trendy or edgy or topical as my favorite strips were in the late 80s and early 90s. However, I'd often think about some of the Peanuts strips that I had read over and over again as a kid; I could remember specific panels and punchlines, which wasn't always true of the strips I was reading at that time.

Now, looking back, I can see a lot of the elegance and humor at work in
Jun 13, 2015 L.A. rated it it was amazing
Peanuts! Schulz HATED that title. I know this because he mentions it -- along with a whole lot of other things he found annoying -- in the author interview that's included. It's a neat interview, because you get to see just how much of a grump he was, and you marvel that anyone so sad and crabby could've created such long-lasting, lovable characters. But there you are.

Good old Charlie Brown and his friends look, talk, and act a little differently from the Peanuts gang you might be used to, and i
Feb 19, 2015 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gr 10 Up- For over 60 years, the Peanuts gang have delighted readers with their relatable problems. They remain relevant, largely because of Schulz's truthful exploration of the isolated self, and the relations between people, male and female, and even man and dog. Each strip depicts everyday interactions, featuring adult concerns within a childhood context. The final panel twists expectations to reflect on the unfairness of life. Witty responses, indignation, and running gags, are staples of th ...more
So I just spent the past two days reading the entire Peanuts collection (not just this, but all until 2000) and I got so nostalgic I actually teared up when Charles Schulz wrote his goodbye note - then I realized, wait, didn't Blue Sky revive this franchise?

I completely adore Peanuts. The first few years with Patty and Shermy were great, but it was the absolute best when the whole gang started appearing. My favorite's definitely Linus! I love his friendship with Charlie Brown. And, of course, P
Janne Varvára
Sep 26, 2010 Janne Varvára rated it it was amazing
I. Love. Peanuts. It's just SO my comic, just my shade of depressing.
Peanuts really reflects life, depicts little kids with grown-up problems, and you can really identify.
I picked this book up at a fantasy/comic store on a theatre trip to Oslo, I'd been wanting it for months, and my only regret now is that I can't afford the 1952-1953 Peanuts right now. Put it on my wishlist for later.
Apr 09, 2014 Shelly rated it it was amazing
I found this little fat book in the new section of my local library. It is the complete book of Peanuts comic strips from 1950 to 1952. I read every square. This is the evolution of all the Peanuts characters and shows when and how each came into the picture. Of course, Woodstock, didn't come in til the 1960s, but we do see Charlie Brown, Lucy, Violet, Peppermint Patty, Shermie, Linus, and Schroeder with his little piano. These were the original characters. We see Snoopy begin to "think" and the ...more
Aileen Morris
Feb 03, 2016 Aileen Morris rated it it was amazing
I've read a whole bunch of these Complete Peanuts collections, and in my honest opinion, this one, the first one, was the best. For me, the farther along the Peanuts strips went, the more tired, cliched, and predictable they became. But these are the strips from before Charlie Brown became a spineless wimp who failed EVERYTHING; from before Lucy became a bullying brat; from before Schroeder's skills on the piano were reduced to an obstacle to his eventually marrying Lucy; from before readers cou ...more
Vi MacDonald
Feb 25, 2016 Vi MacDonald rated it liked it
This all predates the "classic" era of the comic.
While it's got its moments and is definitely an important part of the comic's history (and comic history in general) it's far from what the comic would become.
Good, but not the bastion of excellence it would become
Hannah  Messler
Jan 22, 2010 Hannah Messler rated it it was amazing
Wow! I had no idea! I always thought Peanuts was kinda take it or leave it. (Except, obviously, the movies.) But these are EXQUISITE! Now I am going to steal the other volumes from the dumb toddler who got them and read the damned hell out of them.
Jun 15, 2015 verbava rated it it was amazing
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тут іще зовсім небагато снупі (який мені чомусь асоціюється з марвіном, роботом-параноїком, – щонайменше вони однаково симпатичні й розчаровані в людях), але ті персонажі, котрі людські, теж страшенно кумедні.
Feb 24, 2016 Neil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first volume of Charles M. Schulz's legendary comic strip is Peanuts, but not we know it. Charlie Brown is there from the start, but doesn't look (in the very first few he doesn't even wear his zigzag shirt) or behave as we expect him to and he looks much younger, in fact in one strip his age is revealed to be four. Then there's a dog called Snoopy, the original Snoopy is miles away from how know him, he even looks canine. During the two and a half years this volume covers Charlie Brown deve ...more
Phoebe Alderson
Dec 18, 2014 Phoebe Alderson rated it really liked it
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I read this book when, I was around seven years old. What made me so fascinated with this particular edition of The Complete Peanuts from 1950-1952 is that here you see meet most of Peanuts Gang for the first time. In this edition we see them as a new idea, not aged by the years, here we see them as an idea straight from Schulz's head. We see the start of characters who become timeless. The drawings are beautiful and charming. The strips are witty and memorable which make you laugh out loud. Wha ...more
Nov 30, 2015 Colton rated it it was amazing
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It's so great to go all the way back to the beginning and see these now-familiar characters at their inception. In this volume, we witness the first ever Peanuts strips, where everything was uncharted territory. Charlie Brown had yet to adopt his sad-sack personality and was feisty and prankish. Snoopy starts off a mere dog that seems to wander between homes and has yet to find a voice. We get to know the first Patty, Violet, and Shermy, all of whom would later gi
Gregory Johnston
Feb 15, 2016 Gregory Johnston rated it it was amazing
The word "iconic" is an overused word. Things that are immensely popular now are often times labeled as iconic, but will be soon forgotten. Those things that are truly iconic, deserve that label not because of immense popularity at a given time, but because they influence their realm and drive others in their field to imitate and expand.

Charles Schulz's Peanuts strips defines the word iconic. He started s trip about little children, from the point of view of those children, and at the same time
Spencer Borup
Sep 09, 2015 Spencer Borup rated it it was amazing
The beginnings of PEANUTS (the real beginning of PEANUTS, not its short-lived predecessor LI'L FOLKS), the most beloved comic strip in history, told the story of a little boy named Charlie Brown, his two slightly-older unnamed friends, and a tiny puppy. From those humble beginnings, the neighborhood quickly grows. We learn the puppy's name--Snoopy--and the names of the friends--Patty and Shermy--and we meet another girl--Violet. Then, little baby Schroeder is introduced, followed by little baby ...more
Aaron Gertler
Jun 28, 2015 Aaron Gertler rated it it was amazing
Someday, I'd like to read every single "Complete Peanuts" back-to-back-to-back-to... etc. In its full breadth, the Peanuts franchise is one of the most impressive achievements in the history of comics, and maybe the history of art. (Yes, the Mona Lisa looks good, but did it take 50 years to paint?)

This specific volume is rather different from most of Schultz's other work. When Peanuts was just starting, Schultz wasn't quite sure what was going on. Key characters from the early years later disap
Evanston Public  Library
Many of us have memories of Charles Schulz’s classic Peanuts characters, either from reading the comic strip in the daily paper as kids, or from the perennial airings of his televised holiday specials. But for most of us, Peanuts is nothing more than a memory from the distant past: comics, cartoons, kid’s stuff for which there is little time in our adult lives. This wonderful new series from Fantagraphics Books, however, aims to change that perception. Over the course of the 12 year project, the ...more
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Charles Monroe Schulz was an American cartoonist, whose comic strip Peanuts proved one of the most popular and influential in the history of the medium, and is still widely reprinted on a daily basis.

Schulz's first regular cartoons, Li'l Folks, were published from 1947 to 1950 by the St. Paul Pioneer Press; he first used the name Charlie Brown for a character there, although he applied the name in
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“Patty: I'll be the good guy.
Shermy: I'll be the bad guy.
Patty: What are you going to be, Charlie Brown?
Charlie Brown: I'll be sort of in-between; I'll be a hypocrite!”
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