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Peanuts: A Golden Celebration

(1990)
The Art and the Story of the World's Best-Loved Comic Strip
(A book in the Peanuts series)
A non fiction book by

 
 
Charles M. Schulz has been cartooning for an astonishing 50 years (the "Peanuts" strip itself debuted October 2, 1950, but he drew an earlier incarnation called "Li'l Folks" before that). Peanuts: A Golden Celebration is a remarkable collection of strips spanning that time period. Readers get to see the first appearance of Linus, Marcy, Pigpen and Woodstock, and even the momentous first time Lucy holds a football for Charlie Brown to kick. Schulz comments on the cartoons and his inspirations via notes in the margin, ranging from boyhood stories about his father (a barber, just like Charlie Brown's) to an account of the time the narcolepsy experts at Stanford University expressed concerns over Peppermint Patty's constant sleeping in class. One of the most interesting inclusions is that of several letters of complaint, ranging from readers whose religious sensibilities have been offended to a 1969 missive from Schulz's own syndicate asking him not to depict Franklin in the same school as the white students anymore. Naturally, the much-loved "Peanuts" holiday specials are covered, as is the musical adaptation You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, but it's the strips that really make the book. Readers can follow the evolution of Schulz's drawing style--deliberately less realistic as the years went on--and even check out a few panels drawn by Schulz's own cartooning heroes. This is a terrific compilation that serves well both as a chronicle of popular culture and as just a really funny collection of comic strips. Don't wait for the Great Pumpkin to bring you one. --Ali Davis, Amazon.com



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Hardback Editions

June 2000 : UK Hardback
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Title: Peanuts: a Golden Celebration
Author(s): Charles Schulz
ISBN: 0-00-710512-6 / 978-0-00-710512-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Entertainment
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September 1999 : USA Hardback
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Title: Peanuts: A Golden Celebration: The Art and the Story of the World's Best-Loved Comic Strip
Author(s): Charles M Schulz
ISBN: 0-06-270244-0 / 978-0-06-270244-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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January 1999 : USA Hardback
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Title: Peanuts: A Golden Celebration: The Art and the Story of the World's Best-Loved Comic Strip
Author(s): David (ed) Larkin
ISBN: 0-06-099617-X / 978-0-06-099617-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper Collins
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Paperback Editions

January 1990 : USA Paperback
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Title: Peanuts - A Golden Celebration: The Art and the Story of the World's Best-Loved Comic Strip
Author(s): Charles Schulz
ISBN: 0-9658634-1-7 / 978-0-9658634-1-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers
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