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The Complete Peanuts, Vol. 1: 1950-1952

(The Complete Peanuts #1)

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  6,067 ratings  ·  312 reviews
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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Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comic-strip, humor
Good grief! Here we go!


This is the first volume of the Complete Peanuts, created by Charles M. Schulz, starting in 1950 and reaching until 1952.

This first volume is quite amusing to read, since in this first three years of the comic strip, Peanuts still isn’t in its most known and popular status quo.

You have only three kids and even one of them won’t be seen again when the comic strip would settle in its recognized presentation.

There is Charlie Brown, of course, the heart

This is a wonderful and cute compendium of Schulz's earlier illustrations of the Peanuts gang: (the not-so-depressed) Charlie Brown, puppy Snoopy (who still walks and runs using his four legs), Patty (not Peppermint Patty), Shermy, Violet Gray, and the little ones: Schroeder (still obsessed with Beethoven), Lucy (not the snarky one) and Linus van Pelt (without his security blanket).

Flipping through the pages, Schulz shapes each character with utmost precision — breathing life into them and cult
Jan 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone
Peanuts in 1950-1952 is not the Peanuts we usually think about today. Snoopy walks on all fours and actually looks and acts like a beagle. Charlie Brown is actually a bit mean to some people, he's not always the put-upon or the butt of the joke. Lucy, Schroeder, and Linus are 'babies' and Charlie, Violet, Patty, and Shermy are the "older" kids - aged 4.

Even though this are little children.... not even big children, little children... they are actually little adults. Which, I guess, is the joke.
Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s, comic
As a loyal fan of "Peanuts"I must say, I've never actually came across these comic strips. As a child, I was surrounded with these books, as my Dad was also a fan. When I began reading, I realised that this is not the Peanuts that I think of today. The characters are rather different, and the ages of the characters seem more varied. For instance, Charlie Brown is rather ill-mannered to his friends and the beloved Snoopy actually walks on all fours. They are essentially little adults in childrens ...more
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don’t think I’ve seen these early Peanuts strips before, at least not the majority of them. In these brand-new days, though Charlie Brown is put-upon, he’s also a jokester, running away, laughing, from his target. Snoopy is just a cute puppy: silently laughing at the humans is the most human thing he does. Lucy is eventually introduced as a toddler, a few years younger than Charlie Brown and his friends, and before too long we get the first instance of her snatching away her football as Charli ...more
Aug 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: five-stars
The first 2 years of Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the others. Schroeder and Linus are introduced as babies. Charlie Brown isn't quite as depressed just yet. And Snoopy as a puppy is just about the cutest thing ever.
Aug 22, 2007 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.
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the origin of Peanuts... and it's as good as the 70s version I grew up with.
But with some very interesting changes.

This is a younger set of children than you may be used to; this is the tricycle generation. Snoopy is much less a person, although has more personality, likes and dislikes than the average dog.
Early strips start with Charlie Brown, Patty (but not the Peppermint variety), Violet, Shermie, and dog Snoopy with no apparent owner. Charlie Brown gets his striped shirt within a few
Hannah Garden
Jan 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
2010: Wow! I had no idea! I always thought Peanuts was kinda take it or leave it. (Except, obviously, the movies.) But these are EXQUISITE!

2018: Excuse me but these are perfect.
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing

One thing I like about Peanuts that I didn't pick up as a kid was the fact it deals a lot with depression and anxiety. In some cases this really hits home. It's obvious Schulz dealt with both all through out his life.

Keep in mind when you read this, this isn't going to be the same Peanuts you're use to now. There are a bit of differences and you can see some stuff stayed and other things left. I liked this volume for the fact you can see Schulz playing around with his world before it
David Schaafsma
Oct 22, 2012 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
May 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Does any comic strip better deserve to be classified as great children's literature than Charles M. Schulz's Peanuts? Perhaps Bill Watterson's Calvin and Hobbes, but I'm not sure of any others. In the early 1950s Charles Schulz was still discovering the identity of his masterpiece daily strip, four-panel adventures populated at first only by Shermy, Patty (not Peppermint Patty), a little beagle puppy called Snoopy, and of course "Good ol' Charlie Brown", an adorable four-year-old who quickly gre ...more
Oct 04, 2014 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
Joseph Cognard
Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not exactly sure if this is the book I read but I had a series of them. Wish I still had them. Reading them was one of the happiest memories of my childhood. I would read them for hours and the connectivity from strip to strip would keep me glued and gripped as I turned every page.
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Jul 18, 2007 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
Mike (the Paladin)
Mar 31, 2010 rated it really liked it
Wow....Peanuts is actually 2 years older than I am. I had read all these before, of course. I suppose I discovered the "extra depths" of Charles Schulz comic strips in the late 60s. Since then I've read them often oh so often. These are the basic first beginnings of the strip...

This isn't the only comic with depths of wisdom hidden in the humor, but it may be the best.
Jun 14, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
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
Dec 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, comic-strips
I never really 'got' Peanuts. My exposure to Charlie Brown and his friends came sporadically, reading a comic strip here and there when I saw them and I never found them particularly funny or cute. Well, not usually, but I did have a soft spot for Snoopy. The only reason I delved into this volume was it came up as a Prime item and I thought 'what the hey, it's free.' I've had this type of experience with TV series - catching random episodes of a comedy and wondering what all the fuss was about b ...more
Devin Bruce
Nov 07, 2010 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
Sean O
Oct 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Early Peanuts cartoons have a whole different vibe. Charlie Brown is not a loser, he's a wise-ass. Snoopy doesn't talk. Lucy is naïve, not mean. And Patty (not Peppermint Patty), Violet, and Shermy are his closest pals.

I really love reading daily cartoons, in anthology, because you can really see the day-by-day and week-by-week evolution.

I'll probably read the next book in the series at some time. Once it becomes exactly like the Peanuts I remember from my youth,
I'll stop.
J.V. Seem
Sep 05, 2010 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.
Feb 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
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.
vi macdonald
Nov 02, 2015 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
Brian Saunders
Peanuts in Its Infancy

It's fun to see how the strip developed. The characters are preschool age but from the beginning the strip revolves around good ole Charlie Brown.
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comic-strips, peanuts
Early Peanuts is so awesome. Charlie Brown isn't yet the loser he'll become; he's just one of a group of kids who enjoy each other while occasionally giving each other a hard time. He's an equal member of the group and often an instigator in teasing and mischief.

Initially, the group is him, Shermie, Violet, and Patty (not Peppermint; the other one whom nobody remembers these days, but will recognize when they see her). And Snoopy is there of course, but he's not clearly identified as Charlie Br
Sonia Jarmula
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I used to read quite a lot of Peanuts when I was younger and I recently read a piece about it in the Atlantic, and with Fantagraphics finishing up the entire series soon, I felt like it was a good time to come back to Peanuts, and it is as charming as ever. I just marvelled at how it managed to be sophisticated and sweet, and especially how it is by turns hilarious or devastating, sometimes even both in the same panel. I had read this volume once before but seeing the evolution of the strip with ...more
Oct 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this, which is the first two years of the Peanuts comic strip, it’s quite different to the Snoopy, Charlie Brown and friends we know today - Snoopy doesn’t talk and looks more like a beagle and Charlie Brown is funnier, more confident and less of “a loser” and Lucy’s not a meanie. The strips are brilliant, of their time, whilst standing the rest of time, and it’s great to see all the characters as how the started compared to how we know them now.

Such and enjoyable read.
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics-fiction
This book is a monster! And there are 25 volumes of strips for the 50 years it took to create them. It looks like it will take me a while to read, but it's certainly worth it.

One thing I've learned: sarcasm hits harder if it comes out of a child's mouth.
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good ol' Charlie Brown.

Michael Bedford
Dec 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a great introduction to Schulz's work. I had only limited experience with the Peanuts ouevre, and that was when I was too young to understand Schulz's brilliance as a cartoonist and writer.

According to the interview in this book, Schulz wasn't so sure that his work represented a work of 20th-century philosophy. But, a critical dissection of consumerist "meism" in postwar USA seems to permeate most of Schulz's work. Charlie Brown doesn't fit in. But, Charlie Brown doesn't fail to fit in
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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!”
“My last penny! I think I'll squander it on myself. I never feel badly about spending money my dad has earned honestly! I can't decide whether I should buy a balloon or a gumball. A gumball would taste mighty good, but a balloon would be a lot more fun... I'll take a balloon! Sooner or later in life a person has to learn to make decisions! (Sees someone with a different color balloon) Gee, I wish I'd bought a RED balloon.” 4 likes
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