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The Complete Peanuts   (2004)
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Publisher: Fantagraphics Books

Publication Date: May 2004 - October 2016

Country: United States

Language: English

50 Years of Art. 25 Books (plus one volume of ephemera). Two books per year for 12 1/2 years. Fantagraphics Books is proud to announce the most eagerly-awaited and ambitious publishing project in the history of the American comic strip: the complete reprinting of CHARLES M. SCHULZ’s classic, PEANUTS. Considered to be one of the most popular comic strips in the history of the world, PEANUTS will be, for the first time, collected in its entirety and published, beginning in April, 2004. Fantagraphics launches THE COMPLETE PEANUTS in a series designed by the cartoonist SETH (Palookaville, It’s A Good Life If You Don’t Weaken) and produced in full cooperation with United Media, Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates, and Mr. Schulz’s widow, Jean Schulz.

Fantagraphics Books co-publisher Gary Groth said that publishing THE COMPLETE PEANUTS represented the apex of the company’s 27-year commitment to publishing the best cartooning in the world. “PEANUTS is a towering achievement in the history of comics,” said Groth. “I can’t think of a better way to honor Schulz’s artistic legacy than to make his oeuvre available to the public in a beautifully designed format that reflects the integrity of the work itself.”

The genesis of the project began in 1997 when Fantagraphics publisher Gary Groth approached Charles Schulz with the proposition of publishing PEANUTS in its entirety. After Schulz’s death in January, 2000, Groth continued discussing the project with Schulz’s widow, Jean Schulz. “It’s safe to say that this project wouldn’t have happened if Jean Schulz weren’t as enthusiastic and supportive as she’s been,” said Groth. Added Jean Schulz: “This seemed like an impossible project, considering all the ‘lost’ strips, but Gary’s determination never flagged, and we are so happy with the aesthetic sensibility of the Fantagraphics team.”

“It’s a genuine honor to be designing these Schulz collections,” said Seth, who went on to describe the premise underlying his design for the series: “I want to emphasize the sophistication of Schulz’s work by creating a package that is both austere and direct. I would like to try to reflect the quiet and melancholy of the strip in a package that hopefully, shows the proper amount of respect for Mr. Schulz. Undoubtedly, PEANUTS is a great newspaper strip and I am humbled and gratified to help steward this complete strip compilation into the world.”

Each volume in the series will run approximately 320 pages in a 8” x 6 1/2” hardcover format, presenting two years of strips along with supplementary material. The series will present the entire run in chronological order, dailies and Sundays. Since the strip began in late 1950, the first volume will include all the strips from 1950, 1951, and 1952, but subsequent volumes will each comprise exactly two years. Dailies will run three to a page, while Sunday strips will each take up a full page and be printed in black-and-white, an aesthetic choice agreed upon by the editors, the designer, and Mrs. Schulz.

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 quite different from the cast we’re all familiar with. (Among other things, three major cast members — Schroeder, Lucy, and Linus — initially show up as infants and only “grow” into their final “mature” selves as the months go by. Even Snoopy debuts as a puppy!) Thus THE COMPLETE PEANUTS offers a unique chance to see a master of the artform refine his skills and solidify his universe, day by day, week by week, month by month.

PEANUTS is one of the most successful comic strips in the history of the medium as well as one of the most acclaimed strips ever published. (In 1999, a jury of comics scholars and critics voted it the 2nd greatest comic strip of the 20th century — second only to George Herriman’s Krazy Kat, a verdict Schulz himself cheerfully endorsed.) Charles Schulz’s characters — Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, Schroeder, and so many more — have become American icons. A poll in 2002 found Peanuts to be one of the most recognizable cartoon properties in the world, recognized by 94 percent of the total U.S. consumer market and a close second only to Mickey Mouse (96 percent), and higher than other familiar cartoon properties like Spider-Man (75 percent) or the Simpsons (87 percent). In T.V. Guide’s “Top 50 Greatest Cartoon Characters of All-Time” list, Charlie Brown and Snoopy ranked #8.

Number of issues cataloged: 43

Number of users with this title in their pull list: 1

Issue   Title   Story Arc   Cover Date
Slipcase 13
  1950 to 2000
  October 2016
Slipcase 12
  1995 to 1998
  October 2015
Slipcase 11
  1991 to 1994
  November 2014
Slipcase 10
  1987 to 1990
  October 2013
Slipcase 09
  1983 to 1986
  July 2012
Slipcase 08
  1979 to 1982
  August 2011
Slipcase 07
  1975 to 1978
  June 2010
Slipcase 06
  1971 to 1974
  August 2009
Slipcase 05
  1967 to 1970
  July 2008
Slipcase 04
  1963 to 1966
  July 2007
Slipcase 03
  1959 to 1962
  August 2006
Slipcase 02
  1955 to 1958
  September 2005
Slipcase 01
  1950 to 1954
  September 2004
HC vol. 26
  Comics and Stories - 1950-2000
  October 2016
HC vol. 25
  1999 to 2000
  May 2016
HC vol. 24
  1997 to 1998
  October 2015
HC vol. 23
  1995 to 1996
  May 2015
HC vol. 22
  1993 to 1994
  September 2014
HC vol. 21
  1991 to 1992
  April 2014
HC vol. 20
  1989 to 1990
  July 2013
HC vol. 19
  1987 to 1988
  February 2013
HC vol. 18
  1985 to 1986
  July 2012
HC vol. 17
  1983 to 1984
  February 2012
HC vol. 16
  1981 to 1982
  August 2011
HC vol. 15
  1979 to 1980
  January 2011
HC vol. 14
  1977 to 1978
  June 2010
HC vol. 13
  1975 to 1976
  February 2010
HC vol. 12
  1973 to 1974
  August 2009
HC vol. 11
  1971 to 1972
  March 2009
HC vol. 10
  1969 to 1970
  July 2008
HC vol. 09
  1967 to 1968
  April 2008
HC vol. 08
  1965 to 1966
  July 2007
HC vol. 07
  1963 to 1964
  May 2007
HC vol. 06
  1961 to 1962
  October 2006
HC vol. 05
  1959 to 1960
  April 2006
HC vol. 04
  1957 to 1958
  October 2005
HC vol. 03
  1955 to 1956
  March 2005
HC vol. 02
  1953 to 1954
  November 2004
HC vol. 01
  1950 to 1952
  May 2004

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