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Complete Peanuts 1973-1974

Since the death of Charles M Schulz in 2001, I was happy to learn in 2003 that Fantagraphic Books was re-publishing the entire Peanuts comic strip in hard back over 12 1/2 year period. Just recently, I finished the twelfth volume of the series, The Complete Peanuts 1973-1974,  with a forward done by Billie Jean King.

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In this installment, Mr Schulz presents interesting topics.  Charlie Brown’s baseball team give him a testimonial dinner.  In typical fashion, we learn what always happens to Charlie Brown.  Later, Charlie Brown has to go to camp in order to get baseball off his mind.  Peppermint Patty invites herself to spend time at Charlie Brown’s guest cottage.   Sally starts talking with the school building.  A birthday wish is sent to Amy on the August 5 panels.  By the way, who is Amy?  And of course, Snoopy deals with a relationship issue with Woodstock over $6, gives  hand puppets performances, and gets lost in earning his Beagle Scout badge.

The previous volume can still be purchased in the US.  Amazon.com still carries these volumes. The official current list of available The Complete Peanuts volumes can be found at Fantagraphic’s website.

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  1. 12 October 2009 at 14:36

    That’s an interesting synopsis. How would you rate this volume compared to the others? I’d be interested in the perspective of someone who read all 12 volumes this far and could discuss themes and changes that occurred over the years.

  2. 14 October 2009 at 12:47

    The first 11 volumes of this collection were a first read for me. Mr Schulz’s drawing of strip from 1950s through the 1960s evolved and became what it is today.

    During the early 1970s, I began reading the Peanuts comic strip in the newspapers. The first major change in strip begins in the 1970s. It is well documented that Mr Schulz shifted the majority of focus from Charlie Brown to Snoopy during this time. As we begin to see Snoopy’s imagination.

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