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The Complete Peanuts 1967-1968

(The ninth book in the Complete Peanuts series)
A collection of stories by

As we rush toward the end of Peanuts' second decade, Snoopy looms large, Peppermint Patty ascends toward future stardom, Lucy antagonizes everyone and Charlie Brown is... Charlie Brown.

Snoopy finds himself almost completely engrossed in his persona as the World War I Flying Ace - to the point where he goes to camp with Charlie Brown and maintains his persona throughout the entire two-week period (much to Peppermint Patty's bafflement).

Still, Snoopy looms large, so this volume (a particularly Snoopy-heavy one) sees him arm-wrestling Lucy as the "Masked Marvel" and then taking off for Petaluma for the national arm-wrestling championship; impersonating a vulture and a "Cheshire Beagle"; enjoying golf and hockey; attempting a jaunt to France for an ice-skating championship; running for office on the "Paw" ticket; being traded to Peppermint Patty's baseball team, then un-traded and installed as team manager by a guilt-ridden Charlie Brown; as well as dealing with the return of his original owner, Lila. If you're surprised by that last one, imagine how Charlie Brown feels...

Lila makes only a brief appearance (as does José Peterson, a short-lived - and short - star member of Charlie Brown's baseball team), but this volume sees the appearance of what would be Schulz's most controversial major character: Franklin. (Yes, in 1968 the introduction of a black character caused a stir.) Peppermint Patty, working toward her ascendancy as one of the major Peanuts players in the 1970s and 1980s, also has several major turns, including a storyline in which she's the tent monitor for three little girls (who call her "Sir" - a joke Schulz would pick up later with Peppermint Patty's friend Marcie).

Stories involving other characters include a sequence in which Linus's flippant comment to his Gramma that he'll kick his blanket habit when she kicks her smoking habit backfires; Lucy bullies Linus, pesters Schroeder, and organizes a "crab-in"; plus Charlie Brown copes with Valentine's Day depression, the Little Red-Haired Girl, the increasingly malevolent kite-eating tree, and baseball losses. In other words: Vintage Peanuts! All this, plus an introduction by beloved transgressive filmmaker John Waters and award-winning design by Seth. 730 black-and-white comic strips

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Hardback Editions

December 2015 : USA Hardback

Title: The Complete Peanuts 1967-1968
Author(s): Charles M Schulz
ISBN: 1-56097-826-0 / 978-1-56097-826-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
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October 2011 : UK Hardback

Title: The Complete Peanuts 1967-1968: Volume 9
Author(s): Charles M Schulz
ISBN: 0-85786-213-8 / 978-0-85786-213-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Canongate Books
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Paperback Editions

May 2018 : USA Paperback

Title: The Complete Peanuts 1967-1968: Vol. 9 Paperback Edition (Vol. 9) (The Complete Peanuts)
Author(s): Charles M Schulz
ISBN: 1-68396-095-5 / 978-1-68396-095-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
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Kindle Editions

January 2008 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: The Complete Peanuts Vol. 9: 1967-1968
Author(s): Charles Schulz
Publisher: Fantagraphics
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