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The Complete Peanuts, Vol. 5: 1959-1960

(The Complete Peanuts #5)

4.60  ·  Rating details ·  1,153 ratings  ·  61 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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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
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, ...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
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.
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.
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
Dave H
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, pictures
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
Ashly Lynn
Dec 31, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Those who like Peanuts. Those who like Comic Strips.
Recommended to Ashly 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
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.
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
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.
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
Sonia Jarmula
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Perfect as ever.
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.
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!
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
Rugg Ruggedo
Dec 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The first appearance of The Great Pumpkin! One of the story lines I was really looking forward to finding as I read thru this history of this comic strip. So much fun to find Linus's first letters, Lucy's first reaction to them and Charlie Brown,himself, spending the night in the pumpkin patch with Linus, long before Sally was mislead by love to miss Trick or Treating. A very funny concept that still works today.
The little red haired girl shows up in these years too, and is well on her way to
Jun 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It's with this volume that I started collecting the Complete Peanuts from Fantagraphics. This marks the point where Charles Schulz really hits his stride. By the start of the 1960s, Peanuts started gaining in popularity. Many memorable strips and story arcs are introduced in the 1959-1960 volume such as the arrival of Sally Brown, Charlie Brown's little sister; the debut of both the Great Pumpkin and Lucy's psychiatry booth; Miss Othmar; and much more.

The characters are clearly defined by now.
Tim Thompson
What can you say to adequately describe the work of Charles Schulz? Honestly, it is quite a tall order. His keen understanding of human nature and accurate sense of our shared fears and longings, are second to none. I have to say, I relate to the Peanuts gang more closely than any other set of literary characters. So often as I read these masterful strips, I find myself saying, "I've felt just like that!" Or "That very same thing has happened to me!" It's amazing how Charles Schulz portrayed ...more
Jan 19, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
The fifth volume in this great project to publish the complete Peanuts, Schultz continues at a high level as the series introduces Sally Brown as a character and continues to exploit the loser status of Charlie Brown (failed baseball player and manager, failed kite flier, and pin cushion to his fellow characters, particularly Lucy and Violet) to great empathetic and humorous effect. Snoopy dances, pretends he’s a vulture and a dinosaur and a lion. Linus whose precociousness sometimes gets the ...more
Jul 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
There's not all that much to say about volume five in the Complete Peanuts collection that wouldn't apply to volumes one through four - Peanuts is Peanuts. But by this time (he'd been doing Peanuts for a full decade by the end of this one) I think the frequency of recycling material has declined a bit, and there might be more bringing in new characters and situations. The Great Pumpkin makes his first appearance here, and the material just generally feels a little bit fresher than, say, the ...more
Fraser Sherman
Mar 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
No need to recommend this if you like Peanuts. By this point the characters are all recognizable (in contrast to five or six years earlier when Schulz was still honing the strip) and the humor familiar, with such long-running schticks as Lucy's crush on Schroeder and the perpetually doomed baseball team. However Schulz continued adding new material, introducing Sallie here (and establishing her crush on Linus almost from the first) and Linus telling the legend of the Great Pumpkin for the first ...more
James Piper
Jan 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
A collection of the strips in chronical order. One book for each year Peanuts was published. One book each year. You'll have to live long enough to see them all published! but they are available on the web.

Fascinated how the early drawings have a different look from what we think of when someone says Charlie Brown or Snoopy. It changed then locked in.

Does CB every get to get to kick the football? Never, ever even when you think this time she won't pull the ball away.

Nov 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Just keeps getting better ... except, I have given all these 5-stars. So - keeps staying the best?!

Yes. It just is the best.

This volume is much more of the core gang than others - much less Patty, Violet, and especially Shermy. You can also see the themes starting to become cannon: football, kite, Great Pumpkin.

However, the very best part is the birth of Sally - Charlie Brown's sister. Who seems to have gone from birth to walking to falling in love with Linus in about 2 months! haha
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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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“Sometimes I feel that life has passed me by... Do you ever feel that way, Charlie Brown?"
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