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Book Title: Peanuts: A Golden Celebration: The Art and the Story of the World's Best-Loved Comic Strip|
The author of the book: Charles M. Schulz
ISBN 13: 9780060766603
Edition: It Books
Date of issue: October 26th 2004
Format files: PDF
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I found this at a thrift store in almost perfect condition for $3, so I grabbed it. As a kid, I became acquainted with the Peanuts gang mostly by checking out collections of their strips from the school library.
This book is just that - a collection of strips spanning about 50 years. It's not comprehensive, but there is enough there to gain an appreciation for the genius of Charles Schulz. Organized by decade, it includes notes from Schulz providing insight on the development of perhaps the greatest comic strip ever devised - such as why there were no adults in the strips or why Linus thought there was such a thing as the Great Pumpkin or why Marcie and Patty are the only characters not to use the name "Charlie Brown" or why Snoopy's doghouse is seen only from a side view.
Clearly, the heydey of the strip was the 60's and 70's, or maybe I just feel that way because those are the books that were available in the library when I was a kid reading in the 80's. But that is also when many of the Charlie Brown TV specials were produced so I don't think I'm mistaken.
In one strip, Schroeder, who is the catcher on Charlie Brown's baseball team, comes to the pitcher's mound to complain to Charlie Brown about getting hit on the hand with a foul ball. Charlie Brown asks, "Well, do you think you can still play?" Schroeder goes back to his house, knocks out a riff on his toy piano, and then reports back to Charlie Brown that, yes, he can still play.
I identify strongly with the humor in the strips. It could be because Charles Schulz and I see the world in a similar way, or it could be that reading all the strips in my youth contributed to the development of my sense of humor and what I perceive to be funny.
For fans of the Peanuts strip, this is a worthwhile read. The only thing that I didn't really like was how Charles Schulz likes to go by the nickname "Sparky". But, hey, it's his nickname, not mine.
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Read information about the authorCharles Monroe Schulz was an American cartoonist, whose comic strip Peanuts proved one of the most popular and influential in the history of the medium, and is still widely reprinted on a daily basis.
Schulz's first regular cartoons, Li'l Folks, were published from 1947 to 1950 by the St. Paul Pioneer Press; he first used the name Charlie Brown for a character there, although he applied the name in four gags to three different boys and one buried in sand. The series also had a dog that looked much like Snoopy. In 1948, Schulz sold a cartoon to The Saturday Evening Post; the first of 17 single-panel cartoons by Schulz that would be published there. In 1948, Schulz tried to have Li'l Folks syndicated through the Newspaper Enterprise Association. Schulz would have been an independent contractor for the syndicate, unheard of in the 1940s, but the deal fell through. Li'l Folks was dropped from the Pioneer Press in January, 1950.
Later that year, Schulz approached the United Feature Syndicate with his best strips from Li'l Folks, and Peanuts made its first appearance on October 2, 1950. The strip became one of the most popular comic strips of all time. He also had a short-lived sports-oriented comic strip called It's Only a Game (1957–1959), but he abandoned it due to the demands of the successful Peanuts. From 1956 to 1965 he contributed a single-panel strip ("Young Pillars") featuring teenagers to Youth, a publication associated with the Church of God.
Peanuts ran for nearly 50 years, almost without interruption; during the life of the strip, Schulz took only one vacation, a five-week break in late 1997. At its peak, Peanuts appeared in more than 2,600 newspapers in 75 countries. Schulz stated that his routine every morning consisted of eating a jelly donut and sitting down to write the day's strip. After coming up with an idea (which he said could take anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours), he began drawing it, which took about an hour for dailies and three hours for Sunday strips. He stubbornly refused to hire an inker or letterer, saying that "it would be equivalent to a golfer hiring a man to make his putts for him." In November 1999 Schulz suffered a stroke, and later it was discovered that he had colon cancer that had metastasized. Because of the chemotherapy and the fact he could not read or see clearly, he announced his retirement on December 14, 1999.
Schulz often touched on religious themes in his work, including the classic television cartoon, A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965), which features the character Linus van Pelt quoting the King James Version of the Bible Luke 2:8-14 to explain "what Christmas is all about." In personal interviews Schulz mentioned that Linus represented his spiritual side. Schulz, reared in the Lutheran faith, had been active in the Church of God as a young adult and then later taught Sunday school at a United Methodist Church. In the 1960s, Robert L. Short interpreted certain themes and conversations in Peanuts as being consistent with parts of Christian theology, and used them as illustrations during his lectures about the gospel, as he explained in his bestselling paperback book, The Gospel According to Peanuts, the first of several books he wrote on religion and Peanuts, and other popular culture items.From the late 1980s, however, Schulz described himself in interviews as a "secular humanist": “I do not go to church anymore... I guess you might say I've come around to secular humanism, an obligation I believe all humans have to others and the world we live in.”