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The Complete Peanuts, Vol. 10 by Charles M. Schulz
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Sep 04, 09

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Bill Waterson may have perfected the comic strip metaphor for the internal conflict between youth and age with Calvin and Hobbes, but it would have been impossible without Schultz’s Peanuts. To merely say that Peanuts is the most influential comic strip ever isn’t enough. It is the most original in form, theme, and intent. Whether one sees Schultz’s characters as symbols of the inner child in all of us, or metaphoric adults in a society where the values of appearance and experience are in constant conflict, their take on the life’s foibles is equal parts wisdom, sincere humor, and escapism. The first two decades of the strip, collected in Vols. 1-10 of Fantagraphaics’ Complete Peanuts series, are the collective pinnacle of Schultz’s brilliance.
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