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The Complete Peanuts, Vol. 5: 1959-1960

(The Complete Peanuts #5)

4.60  ·  Rating details ·  1,255 ratings  ·  71 reviews
As the first decade of Peanuts closes, it seems only fitting to bid farewell to that halcyon decade with a cover starring Patty, one of the original three Peanuts. Major new additions to classic Peanuts lore come fast and furious here. Snoopy begins to take up residence atop his doghouse, and his repertoire of impressions increases exponentially. Lucy sets up her booth and ...more
Hardcover, 323 pages
Published May 17th 2006 by Fantagraphics (first published 2006)
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Oct 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Has it been a decade already? Book five of The Complete Peanuts, which includes every strip from 1959 and 1960, marks the franchise's tenth anniversary. It's hard to believe that by the time Bill Watterson's Calvin and Hobbes notched ten years, it was at its end; Peanuts still had another forty to go. January 2, 1959 gets the year off to a fast start as Lucy presents her friends with lists of character faults they should eliminate in the coming year. Lucy has "high ideals," she explains to Charl ...more
Chris J
May 09, 2017 rated it liked it
I read these Peanuts books with my two oldest girls (11 and 8) because I have such fond memories of reading them when I was their age. I also think it's good for them to read these books because I want them to develop a sense of humor. I am convinced that a sense of humor, like anything else, is rarely natural but rather must be developed by hearing good story telling, reading intelligent humor and experiencing those who understand and enjoy the art of banter, wit and retortion.

It is interestin
J.V. Seem
Jan 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Charles Schulz is one of those few people I've never met yet for whom I personally and seriously mourn (others in this exclusive club include the poet André Bjerke, actress Marilyn Monroe, and somewhat strangely perhaps, actor and funnyface Gary Coleman, among others). I can't help but feel that the world is a poorer place without him. It's a feeling of missed what-could-have-beens. You might argue that he'll always (always) be present through his art, and through us who hold it in our hearts, a ...more
Spencer Borup
Jun 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The first decade of PEANUTS, the most famous comic strip ever created, finishes off with the same ol' cast of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy & Linus, Schroeder, Violet, Patty, Shermy, and "Pig-Pen," with a brief introduction of a brand new member: SALLY BROWN!

I loved seeing Charlie Brown update everyone on the birth of his little sister, Sally. This was the first time we readers got to actually experience a character right from birth. I look forward to seeing Sally grow up!

All in all, I absolutely
Dec 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Just really enjoying these volumes. This is my first encounter with the early Peanuts years. Definitely darker. I can see the influence the strip had on things like the Simpsons. On the surface, it's a cartoon, but the issues and humor are quite sophisticated and adult. Truly ahead of its time. ...more
Victor The Reader
We see more comical strips on the Peanuts kids as they head into the 1960s, while we see Sally make her debut and see her grow and her unrequited love for Linus, his Great Pumpkin obsession and good ole Charlie Brown’s baseball escapades. A (100%/Outstanding)
Jan 26, 2018 rated it liked it
This one felt very classic to me. Sally was born in 1959 and Charlie Brown was a very excited big brother.
Oct 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Who doesn’t love the wisdom and warmth of Peanuts? Glad to be able to enjoy these comic strips again!
Mary Catelli
Mar 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Peanuts plugging along. This is the period in which Sally was born, with much dramatics from Charlie Brown, Lucy taking the occasion to wish Linus had never been born, and other complications. The baseball team. Snoppy branches out, once as Dracula, and once as "whirlydog." Miss Othmar appears to Linus's delight -- twice (with no explanation how she regained favor). Also, Linus gets a library card, Charlie Brown flies kites (or fails to), and Snoopy's home is threatened with demolition ...more
Dave H
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pictures, favorites
Good ol’ Charlie Brown
Saskia Marijke Niehorster-Cook
Dec 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
What is there not to like of Peanuts? I remember endless days when I sat around on my parent's couch reading all kinds of comic books. Snoopy's (as we called it) was one of our favorite and we never tired of reading them. We took it at face value, with no ability as a child to read in between the lines, or label the characters in particular spots. Peanuts worked because they were all different and they all somehow managed to live or survive each other, much like kids did in real life.

Last year
Dec 31, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Those who like Peanuts. Those who like Comic Strips.
Recommended to Ashley by: Found at the thrift store.
3.5/5 Stars

I never realized that the Peanuts comics were so conservative. I've read snippets here and there, but had never actually read them at length. I picked up this collection because I found it at the thrift store for $1.89. I wouldn't have splurged on how expensive it is full price to read it.

I can't really say too much bad about it. It's the beloved Peanuts. But there's also nothing I'm dying to rant or rave over. Snoopy's still my favorite, though. He's a great character. Overall, I enj
Jun 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No review required. This was my "in-between books" excursion. What's not to like about Charlie Brown, Linius, Lucy, and the gang.Absolutely loved Peanuts. Still do. ...more
Aug 13, 2020 rated it liked it
This is the first effort I've made to sit down and really understand and get into Peanuts. I've noticed lately there's a gulf between popular opinion of Peanuts vs. my experience:

Every cartoonist and critic I respect, including my wife: Peanuts is an all-time great--dark, biting, creative, and straight-up hilarious. Schulz is a master and a genius.

Me: Peanuts seems nice enough--amusing, safe, good for a small smile or maybe an occasional chuckle.

I finally realized I've only ever read 90s Peanuts
Gijs Grob
This volume is another testimony of the Peanuts' undeniable peak period. Some of the all time best sequences are here: the birth of Sally (May 1959), the classic 18 days long story in which Charlie Brown can't manage his baseball team because he has to push Sally around (August 1959), the egg-shell story (January 1960), and my all-time favorite: the icicle life-threatening Snoopy (February 1960). Also featured is an isolated psychiatric help 5 ct. strip (March 27, 1959), the first two Halloween ...more
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Schulz is ten years in to the fifty-year (!) run of the Peanuts with this volume, you can feel the strip starting to become fully-formed: Snoopy, while still down on all-fours at this point, is beginning to develop his rich inner life; Lucy opens her psychiatrist’s booth for the first time; Charlie Brown’s baseball-manager and kite-flying woes are front and center; Schroeder stumps for greater recognition of Beethoven’s birthday; and Linus introduces the gang to idea of the Great Pumpkin. Plus, ...more
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In the process of buying and reading this entire series. I have been a Peanuts fan since I was 4. At one point I owned more than 400 Peanuts books including many original $0.05 and $0.10 copies from the 50s. Then the flood happened...all those books were lost to me, and there were just too many to try and replace. Thank God this series came to be. I will be able to own the almost 18,000 comics that Schulz drew, colored, and worded himself.

Schulz has long been a hero of mine and growing up I rel
Nathan Hipple
Jan 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved having this on the shelf and picking it up for all of those little snippets of time that are too short to get into something bigger. I'm a big fan of Peanuts and Schulz, but I've never made a real effort to go through the series methodically. This volume was a great place to start (ignoring a false start with the first volume years ago). So much begins here that you see play out in later comics or the TV specials and Schulz's cartooning skills are absolutely top notch. His use of motion an ...more
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the only volume in the Complete Peanuts series (as far as I'm aware) where the UK edition differs from the US one, in that the introduction for the UK version is by the acclaimed TV screenwriter Russell T. Davis and the US version has an introduction by the acclaimed Whoopi Goldberg, Whoopi Goldberg. Schultz by this time had more or less perfected the strip, although there are many of it's most well known features still to come. Sally is introduced, as is the great pumpkin and Lucy here ...more
Nov 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fan of Peanuts comic stips
Recommended to Liza by: no one
I liked this book and thought it was funny in places. I would recommend it to any one who is a fan of Peanuts.
Golden stuff. I've had the previous four volumes of this "Complete Peanuts" series, but this is the first one that's felt properly like the stuff I read as a kid. ...more
Sonia Jarmula
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Perfect as ever.
Lydia Feliciano
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved reading the earlier comic strips from Charles Schulz! I would always get the ones from 1965 on. Felt like a walk down memory lane!
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone
Shelves: comic
Totally excellent. By this time the characters have mostly assumed their eventual shape and the humour has grown up
Franco Pitacco
Nov 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The first ten years have gone by so fast. I already owned several other books but reading the strips in their natural sequence has been highly enjoyable.
Jan 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
4 or 5? I dunno. It's great. You should read it!
Dec 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Peanuts enters the 60s, and while it’s still a few years from its cultural dominance, for me, the quality’s slipping the tiniest bit. Nevertheless the strips are generally very good—if there’s one thing Schulz can deliver, it’s consistency. Sally is born, and it wasn’t until reading this volume that I spotted how she’s drawn as Charlie Brown with long blonde hair, which is itself a pretty good subtle visual joke.

Schulz stretches out and tries out new gags. Some, like the Great Pumpkin, become de
Jan 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comic-strip, humor
"Sometimes I feel that life has passed me by. Do you ever feel that way, Charlie Brown?" "No. I feel that it has knocked me down and walked all over me."3/28/1960

A lot of interesting things certainly happen in this collection of Peanuts comic strips! Among all the repeated annual jokes (e.g. Charlie Brown trying to kick Lucy's football, Linus awaiting the Great Pumpkin) there are some inspired moments that really shine through. Schulz really seems to have learned how to stretch out a story line,
Oct 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comic
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 ...more
Letande D'Argon
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, must
More of the “old PEANUTS”. With Sally Brown being the biggest addition. And you know, as much as I love the “new PEANUTS”, the old school series has something very special about it. PEANUTS was always one of my most favorite things in this life. It's like a hot tea with cinnamon apple pie during the cold and rainy day. With your daily life being the rain and PEANUTS being a pie. So, honestly, if you didn't start with this fantastic collection yet, you should totally do.

My only complaint here is
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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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The Complete Peanuts (1 - 10 of 26 books)
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  • The Complete Peanuts, Vol. 4: 1957-1958
  • The Complete Peanuts, Vol. 6: 1961-1962
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