A fantastic addition to Canongate’s Complete Peanuts series - published during Peanuts’ 60th anniversary year
In The Complete Peanuts 1965-66: We are now in the mid-1960s, one of Schulz’s peak periods of creativity (and one third of the way through the strip’s life!). Snoopy has become the strip’s dominant personality, and this volume marks two milestones for the character: the first of many “dogfights” with the nefarious Red Baron, and the launch of his writing career (“It was a dark and stormy night…”).
Two new characters-the first two from outside the strip’s regular little neighborhood-make their bows. Roy (who befriends Charlie Brown and then Linus at summer camp) won’t have a lasting impact, but upon his return from camp he regales a friend of his with tales of the strange kids he met, and she has to go check them out for herself. Her name? Peppermint Patty.
The Complete Peanuts 1965-66 features a new introduction by Hal Hartley, writer/director of acclaimed independent films Trust, Henry Fool, Kimono, Simple Men, The Unbelievable Truth, and Fay Grim.
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russell T. Davies
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”Peanuts was, and is, and will continue to be the finest comic in the world. Bravo.”
“The world of Peanuts is a microcosm, a little human comedy for the innocent reader and for the sophisticated.”
“As powerful a comic art-piece as anything out today … will delight Peanuts aficionados.”
“All sorts of important writers have marveled at the glorious simplicity of [Schulz’s] draftsmanship and his unerring jokecraft, all underpinned by a quiet melancholy and stoicism … by some miracle, the entire Peanuts oeuvre is gradually being republished in this country, by Canongate … in lavishly appointed hardback … Unlike almost everything you read as a child, they are actually better than you remember them.”
Charles M. Schulz was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1922 and grew up in Saint Paul. He gained a reputation worldwide as a cartoonist for his work on Peanuts. He died in 2000.