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Old 07-19-05, 10:06 PM
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It has been announced that author Jonathan Franzen has penned the introduction to the Complete Peanuts 1957-58.

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Jonathan Franzen was born in Western Springs, Illinois, in 1959, and grew up in Webster Groves, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis. After graduating from Swarthmore College in 1981, he studied at the Freie Universit„t in Berlin as a Fulbright scholar and later worked in a seismology lab at Harvard University's Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences. In addition to winning a Whiting Writers' Award in 1988 and the American Academy's Berlin Prize in 2000, he has been named one of "Twenty Writers for the 21st Century" by The New Yorker and one of the "Best Young American Novelists" by Granta.

Mr. Franzen is the author of The Twenty-Seventh City (FSG, 1988) and Strong Motion (FSG, 1992) and is a frequent contributor to Harper's and The New Yorker (where portions of The Corrections have appeared). He lives in New York City.

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Here is Fantagraphics blurb about the October Vol.:
As the 1950s close down, Peanuts definitively enters its golden age. Linus, who had just learned to speak in the previous volume, becomes downright eloquent and even begins to fend off Lucy's bullying; even so, his security neurosis becomes more pronounced, including a harrowing two-week "Lost Weekend" sequence of blanketlessness. Charlie Brown cascades further down the hill to loserdom, with spectacularly lost kites, humiliating baseball losses (including one where he becomes "the Goat" and is driven from the field in a chorus of BAAAAHs); at least his newly acquired "pencil pal" affords him some comfort. Pig-Pen, Shermy, Violet, and Patty are also around, as is an increasingly Beethoven-fixated Schroeder. But the rising star is undoubtedly Snoopy. He's at the center of the most graphically dynamic and action-packed episodes (the ones in which he attempts to grab Linus's blanket at a dead run). He even tentatively tries to sleep on the crest of his doghouse roof once or twice, with mixed results. And his imitations continue apace, including penguins, anteaters, sea monsters, vultures and (much to her chagrin) Lucy. No wonder the beagle is the cover star not only of this volume, but of the collector's slipcase.

And, finally, here is the box art (or at least one side of it) for what has been claimed to be the FINAL release of this series in 2 vol. Box set form:


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Old 11-02-05, 08:10 PM
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Whoopie Goldberg has written the introduction to The Complete Peanuts 1959-60 due out next year.

In that volume expect: The debute of Sally, Lucy's shrink booth, the blanket hating grandmother and the happiness is a warm puppy strip. Oh yeah, and something about the first strip about some great pumpkin like thing...

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Old 11-15-05, 12:09 PM
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I have some first editions of the original 'Peanuts' collection books from the late fifties and early sixties that my dad had as a kid and gave to me.
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I don't have mine anymore. I had about a dozen of them. I don't even remember when I got rid of them. It's fun to read comic strips that I haven't read since the 1970s.
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Also of note:
The golf Sunday strip that was missing the top part in Vol. 2 has been found in whole. It was placed at the back of Vol. 4 and will be added to all new printings of Vol. 2.
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I have a couple questions. I plan to purchase all the peanuts until the end of it's prime. Is 1980 a good cut off point? I hear that the strip started getting shaky in the 80's.

And will the sundays in the future editions be in color?
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Old 01-01-06, 04:11 PM
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Originally Posted by Rainet
I have a couple questions. I plan to purchase all the peanuts until the end of it's prime. Is 1980 a good cut off point? I hear that the strip started getting shaky in the 80's.

And will the sundays in the future editions be in color?
I don't feel qualified to answer the first question, as I grew up reading Peanuts more in the Fawcett Crest Books than in the newspaper (and therefore without dates attached), and I plan to get them all.

As to the second, from the Fantagraphics website:

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.
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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.

I find this interesting. I have mixed feelings about that. On one hand I truly enjoy reading the sundays in color, however considering the way the book is sort of structured i guess i can see how it fits with strips from the golden age. Obviously if this was only an editor's choice and NOT by Mrs. Schulz i would be pissed. I wonder if this is what Charles would of wanted if he was alive. I assume it is.

Still i do enjoy the Sundays in color. Wouldn't that be the original format anyway? In color?
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Originally Posted by Rainet
I have a couple questions. I plan to purchase all the peanuts until the end of it's prime. Is 1980 a good cut off point? I hear that the strip started getting shaky in the 80's.

And will the sundays in the future editions be in color?
I enjoyed the strip immensely from about 1965-1980.... so you are probably in the right ballpark.
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A good place to pick up the books cheap is www.zooba.com. All their books are $9.95 each with free shipping - there is a 3 book minimum commitment. They have the first 4 volumes.
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A good place to pick up the books cheap is www.zooba.com. All their books are $9.95 each with free shipping - there is a 3 book minimum commitment. They have the first 4 volumes.
How's the quality compared to the regular editions? Most book club books aren't as good in quality, or is this one of those rare occasions where they are the same.
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These are the same editions. I bought the first 2 from Amazon and the last 2 from Zooba and they're the same.
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Wow. No shit? That is a killer price. I'm thinking about signing up now and getting all four. I have been in a "Peanuts" mood lately.

How are the other books there? Same as retail or book club editions?
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I've only bought one other book (a Dean Koontz) and it was a book club edition.
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You might also want to check out www.qpb.com (Quality Paperback Book Club). They have a deal where you get 6 books for $1 each (PLUS shipping) then you have to buy two more. They also have all 4 Peanuts listed and they are also hardcover editions. Depending on how many total books you're interested in it may be a better deal.
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Thanks for the info. Most of the Zooba stuff will be book club editions as it's just another version of the book clubs like QPB, Double Day, Literary, SFBC, Etc.

Cool to know the Peanuts books are the regular editions. Hopefully they'll get the new ones as they come out.
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Originally Posted by JohnBeas
A good place to pick up the books cheap is www.zooba.com. All their books are $9.95 each with free shipping - there is a 3 book minimum commitment. They have the first 4 volumes.

Just signed up. They don't currently carry Volume 3 for some reason. It lists a Feb. 24 release date.

You can still add it to your list but it won't be put in the queue until it is available. Kinda cool how that works.
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I was wondering if someone could do me a favor. I only have volumes 1 & 2 so far and was curious if 3 & 4 contained any Easter themed strips.

There is a handy index and should be easy to check. If someone has some spare time would you mind checking for me to see how many each book contains?

Working on an Easter project and need to know if I need to rush along delivery of those two or just wait it out in my Zooba queue.

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Vol.3 : nothing in the index.

Vol.4 :

5/25/57 Pigpen eats the last Easter Egg. Charlie Brown looks sick.
5/21/58 Pigpen offers Charlie Brown some (black) jelly beans that he's been holding in his hands since Easter.
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Thank you Nick. I appreciate it.
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Got my first Peanuts from Zooba. The dustjacket is scuffed quite a bit, but otherwise the book looks good. Anyone else have a similar experience? I'm still quite pleased to get it for $9.95.
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I've gotten two so far from zooba and the third should be here next week. No problems yet. Both are in perfect condition.

Just ordered the collectors boxes, from the link above, earlier today.
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From the fantagraphics website:



The Complete Peanuts 1959-1960
Introduction by Whoopi Goldberg

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 offers her first five-cent psychiatric counsel. (Her advice to a forlorn Charlie Brown: “Get over it.”) For the very first time, Linus spends all night in the pumpkin patch on his lonely vigil for the Great Pumpkin (although he laments that he was a victim of “false doctrine,” he’s back 12 months later). Linus also gets into repeated, and visually explosive, scuffles with a blanket-stealing Snoopy, suffers the first depredations of his blanket-hating grandmother, and falls in love with his new teacher Miss Othmar.
Even more importantly, several years after the last addition to the cast (“Pig-Pen”), Charlie Brown’s sister Sally makes her appearance – first as an (off-panel) brand new baby for Charlie to gush over, then as a toddler and eventually a real, talking, thinking cast member. (By the end of this volume, she’ll already start developing her crush on Linus.)

All this, and one of the most famous Peanuts strips ever: “Happiness is a warm puppy.”

Almost one hundred of the 731 strips collected in this volume (including many Sundays) have never been collected in any book since their original release, with one hundred more having been collected only once in relatively obscure and now impossible-to-find books; in other words, close to one quarter of the strips have never been seen by anyone but the most avid Peanuts completists.

The introduction is by comedienne extraordinaire Whoopi Goldberg, who reveals which Peanuts character she has tattooed on her body (and where) – as well as telling of her meeting with “Sparky” Schulz, and her fascinating theory on Snoopy’s brother Spike. The Complete Peanuts continues to receive national and international media attention for its sophisticated treatment of one of the 20th Century’s defining American classics.
It is listed for a 4/2006 release yet Amazon doesn't have a date on it yet. Has anyone seen any firm release info yet?

I thought the bolded part was very cool.
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From the fantagraphics website:





It is listed for a 4/2006 release yet Amazon doesn't have a date on it yet. Has anyone seen any firm release info yet?

I thought the bolded part was very cool.
Amazon lists this collection as a May 19th release.
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Cool. I wonder how long until it hits Zooba. I only have 2 left in my queue and would hate to just order stuff just to wait out on Peanuts.
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