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The Complete Peanuts, Vol. 1: 1950-1952 (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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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.
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
What an amusing, inspiring, beautiful work. The kind of melancholic beauty that survives the test of time, the bitter sweet tale of our existence. The fun, the glory, the awkwardness, the tragedy, the innocence, the joke of being human. Everything can be found in this compilation of comic strips that will be my company for life. Although I was born in the 80's, these Peanuts strips written in the early 50's are and will always be my favorites. I love how light, simple, genuine and resilient they ...more
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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 kinks in his new strip and include some characterizations and designs that are qu
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
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
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
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
LK MacDhòmhnaill
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
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
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
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
Janne Varvára
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.
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
Hannah  Messler
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.
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.
Phoebe Alderson
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

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
Spencer Borup
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
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
David Schaafsma
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
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
When I was in 6th grade I found a bunch of my uncle's old Peanuts paperbacks (they had his name on the inside cover in his childhood scrawl, so they must have been from the 50's or 60's), and I would read them over and over. As others have pointed out, the early years of Peanuts are much different than the comics most of us grew up with in the newspapers. They still have his trademark mix of sweetness and loneliness, but, as Schulz was still testing his limits and proving himself as an artist, t ...more
Matti Karjalainen
"Good ol' Charlie Brown... How I love him!" Tällä ikimuistoisella repliikillä alkaa Charles M. Schulzin "Complete Peanuts 1950 to 1952" (Fantagraphics, 2004), joka esittelee lukijalleen rakastetun strippisarjan varhaisvaiheet ja aloittaa samalla Fantagraphics-kustantamon ansiokkaan projektin julkaista kaikki Tenavat-stripit kronologisessa järjestyksessä.

Schulz ei ole vielä tässä vaiheessa terävimmillään, ja ymmärtääkseni hän suhtautuikin pitkään melko kriittisesti 1950-luvun tuotantonsa uudellee
Reading this collection of the first two years of the comic strip, it's fascinating to watch Schulz shape his iconic characters. The overall tone is there from the beginning with a few differences. There are more raw emotions on display than what we are used to. The characters get genuinely angry with each other. Charlie Brown is somewhat less of a punching bag, and sometimes even gets the better of the other kids.

Equally interesting is watching the ensemble of characters develop. The original c
Volume 1 of this amazing complete edition of the comic strips by Charles M. Schulz (published by Fantagraphics Books) is about the years 1950-1952. At the end of this first volume the reader also finds an essay about Charles M. Schulz and a detailed interview with this illustrator from the year 1987.

In October 1950 Charles M. Schulz had started his amazing Peanuts comic strips. Since then, his funny and big-headed characters appeared in the newspaper daily. In a subtle manner again and again he
Everybody, and I do mean everybody, loves Peanuts (and if there really should be a some poor souls out there who do not, they should be pitied and are anyway far too few to be in any way relevant).

It really is quite astonishing when you think about it – kids and grown-ups, men and women, the uneducated and the academics – no matter what people’s age, gender, level of education, no matter whether they love reading or hate it, whether they love comics or despise them - they all, almost without exc
Peter Smith
It's sometimes hard to remember what Peanuts originally was before you saw the characters advertising insurance and on the side of blimps. But going through this volume of the first few years of the comic strip, it's striking how bleak it was and how the plots were really masked metaphors for what Charles Schultz was or had been going through. There was really nothing like it at the time. When Peanuts debuted, gag strips with convenient punchlines ruled the day. To use an imperfect analogy, the ...more
Robert Beveridge
Charles Schulz, The Complete Peanuts, vol. 1: 1950-1952 (Fantagraphics, 2004)

There have, arguably, been better American comics that were natively in book form; Jeff Smith's Bone and Charles Burns' Black Hole spring to mind. But in the world of newspaper strips, it's pretty simple: there is Peanuts, and there is everything else.

In 1950, on the hometown success of his strip Li'l Folks, Charles “Sparky” Schulz went to New York to meet with a few syndicates. One of them, United Features, liked Li'l
Mary Catelli
The opening of the strip with all the comics.

Volume 1 is a distinctly intriguing collection. The art is not that far off, though Snoopy is obvious dog-like. On the other hand --

The cast consists of Shermie (remember him?), Patty (remember her?), this kid called Charlie Brown, and Snoopy. Snoopy handles the purely canine gags, and his most distinctive trait is his begging and infallible art for telling when some kid is eating candy. (Though we do get some of this thoughts. Late in the book, and o
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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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Complete Peanuts (1 - 10 of 25 books)
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  • The Complete Peanuts, Vol. 4: 1957-1958
  • The Complete Peanuts, Vol. 5: 1959-1960
  • The Complete Peanuts, Vol. 6: 1961-1962
  • The Complete Peanuts, Vol. 7: 1963-1964
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  • The Complete Peanuts, Vol. 9: 1967-1968
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  • The Complete Peanuts, Vol. 11: 1971 - 1972

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