As the 1950's close down, "Peanuts" enters its golden age. Linus, who had just learned to speak in the previous volume, becomes downright eloquent. Charlie Brown cascades further down the hill to loserdom. But the rising star is undoubtedly Snoopy. He's at the centre of the most action-packed episodes. Jonathan Franzen, author of "The Corrections" and life-long "Peanuts" fan, introduces the collection.
"One of the finest cultural artifacts made in the 20th century." (Russell T. Davies)
"...as powerful a comic art-piece as anything out today...will delight Peanuts aficionados." (Observer)
"Beautifully designed ... One of the high-water marks of post-war popular culture." (Daily Telegraph)
"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." (Spectator)
"...these timely re-issues illustrate not only the skill and subtle brilliance of his work but also the origins of the form beyond simple merriment." (The List)
"Canongate has had the brilliant wheeze of reprinting Charles Schultz's strip cartoon from the beginning in hardback volumes..." (Herald)
"The Complete Peanuts is beautifully bound, a comprehensive resource and, with an index and introduction, a useful contextualisation of a modern legend." (The Skinny)
"...in these first volumes (1950-54), we can already see what will appeal to 21st century readers." (Sunday Times)
From the Inside Flap
"One can scarcely overstate the importance of Peanuts to the comics, or overstate its influence on all of us who have
followed." -Bill Watterson (Calvin and Hobbes)
"The understated clarity of Peanuts influenced virtually every comic strip that's appeared in recent decades . . . TheComplete Peanuts reveals how one of the masters of the comic strip developed." -Los Angeles Times Book Review
"These [early volumes] reaffirm that Schulz's work deserves the attention . . . the appeal of Schulz's minimalist penmanship is startling. And the existential quality that would make it famous is already in place." -Saturday Night
"Undeniably crackling . . . the illustrations are a marvel of simplicity and the insights are haunting." -Publishers Weekly
"The Complete Peanuts is a beautiful object, lovingly designed." -Montreal Gazette
"Hats off to Fantagraphics for this ambitious, worthwhile tribute to the talent and imagination of one of the greatest
artists of our time." -Animation Magazine
From the Back Cover
"The world of Peanuts is a microcosm, a little human comedy for the innocent reader and for the sophisticated."
Everyone's favorite beagle comes into his own in this fourth volume of the best-selling Complete Peanuts series. Snoopy covets Linus's security blanket, indulges in imitations and impressions, joins the baseball team and, toward the end of this book, he even-an epochal development!-starts sleeping on the roof of his doghouse.
Of course, fans of Schroeder, Lucy, Linus, Patty, Pig-Pen, Shermy, Violet, and Charlie Brown will also find plenty of hilarious strips to enjoy as well including several hundred that have never seen print in book form before today!