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The Complete Peanuts
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The cover to the first volume
Publication information
Publisher Fantagraphics Books
Schedule biannual
Creative team
Creator(s) Charles M. Schulz
Editor(s) Gary Groth

The Complete Peanuts is a series of books containing the entire run of Charles M. Schulz's long-running newspaper comic strip Peanuts. A new book in the series is released every six months, each containing two years of strips (except for the first volume which includes 1950–1952, just under three months longer, though there were no Sunday strips in 1950-51). Slipcased sets of two volumes are also available. A total of 25 volumes will be printed by 2016.[1]

Schulz began to discuss an anthology of his work with Fantagraphics Books in 1997. The idea of a complete compendium of all Peanuts strips, considered the holy grail by fans, was long resisted by Schulz; he did not want some early strips reprinted as he felt they were not as good as the ones he drew later in his career. Indeed, some 2,000 of the 17,897 Peanuts strips had never been compiled into any previous U.S. collection.

The first book in the series was published in April 2004 and quickly topped the New York Times Best Seller List.[2]

Volumes

Besides Schulz's work, each book contains an introduction by an influential individual (often with a connection to Schulz), an index of themes and characters, additional art by designer Seth (all of which is directly based on a specific Peanuts panel), and a biography of Schulz written by series editor Gary Groth. In addition, the first volume contains an interview with Schulz conducted by Groth and an extended biography.[3] Sunday panels, which originally appeared in color, are presented in black and white in the series (a decision approved by Schulz's widow, Jean Schulz).[4] There is however, a new series called Peanuts Every Sunday that is scheduled to begin in November 2013, that will feature the Sunday strips in full color. These books, just like the Complete Peanuts series, are scheduled to be released one every six months, in ten volumes covering half a decade each.

All the characters on the covers (and their styles) match the time period each volume represents. The characters which appear on the cover more than once are Charlie Brown (five times), Snoopy (three), Lucy (twice), Linus (twice), and Peppermint Patty (twice).

#TitleISBNRelease dateCover artSpine artIntroductionPages
1The Complete Peanuts: 1950 to 19521-56097-589-XMay 2004Charlie BrownShermyGarrison Keillor346
2The Complete Peanuts: 1953 to 19541-56097-614-4October 2004Lucy van PeltCharlotte BraunWalter Cronkite328
3The Complete Peanuts: 1955 to 19561-56097-647-0May 2005Pig-PenPattyMatt Groening344
4The Complete Peanuts: 1957 to 19581-56097-670-5October 2005SnoopyViolet GrayJonathan Franzen344
5The Complete Peanuts: 1959 to 19601-56097-671-3May 2006PattySchroederWhoopi Goldberg344
6The Complete Peanuts: 1961 to 19621-56097-672-1October 2006SchroederSnoopyDiana Krall344
7The Complete Peanuts: 1963 to 19641-56097-723-XMay 2007Linus van PeltLucy van PeltBill Meléndez344
8The Complete Peanuts: 1965 to 19661-56097-724-8August 2007Charlie Brown555 95472Hal Hartley344
9The Complete Peanuts: 1967 to 19681-56097-826-0April 2008Violet GrayLinus van PeltJohn Waters344
10The Complete Peanuts: 1969 to 19701-56097-827-9October 2008Snoopy (as the World War I Flying Ace)Pig-PenMo Willems344
11The Complete Peanuts: 1971 to 19721-60699-145-0March 2009Sally BrownThibaultKristin Chenoweth344
12The Complete Peanuts: 1973 to 19741-60699-286-4August 2009WoodstockFriedaBillie Jean King344
13The Complete Peanuts: 1975 to 19761-60699-345-3March 2010FriedaCharlie BrownRobert Smigel344
14The Complete Peanuts: 1977 to 19781-60699-375-5September 2010Peppermint PattySally BrownAlec Baldwin344
15The Complete Peanuts: 1979 to 19801-60699-438-7April 2011Charlie BrownJosé PetersonAl Roker344
16The Complete Peanuts: 1981 to 19821-60699-471-9August 2011Linus van PeltEudoraLynn Johnston344
17The Complete Peanuts: 1983 to 19841-60699-523-5March 2012FranklinRoyLeonard Maltin344
18The Complete Peanuts: 1985 to 19861-60699-572-3August 2012SpikeMarciePatton Oswalt344
19The Complete Peanuts: 1987 to 19881-60699-634-7April 2013Lucy van PeltPeppermint PattyGarry Trudeau344
20The Complete Peanuts: 1989 to 19901-60699-680-0October 2013Charlie BrownFranklin Lemony Snicket344
21The Complete Peanuts: 1991 to 1992 May 2014[5]Marcie
22The Complete Peanuts: 1993 to 1994 October 2014[5]Snoopy
23The Complete Peanuts: 1995 to 1996 May 2015[5]Rerun van Pelt
24The Complete Peanuts: 1997 to 1998 October 2015[5]Peppermint Patty
25The Complete Peanuts: 1999 to 2000 May 2016[5] Charlie Brown

Boxed sets

All of the volumes are also being released in boxed sets of two, housed in a specially designed slipcase.[6]

Title ISBN Release date Center character
The Complete Peanuts: 1950 to 1954 1-56097-632-2 October 2004 Charlie Brown(Volume 1 cover)
The Complete Peanuts: 1955 to 1958 1-56097-687-X November 2005 Snoopy (Volume 4 cover)
The Complete Peanuts: 1959 to 1962 1-56097-774-4 October 2006 Lucy Van Pelt
The Complete Peanuts: 1963 to 1966 1-56097-868-6 September 2007 Linus Van Pelt (Volume 7 cover)
The Complete Peanuts: 1967 to 1970 1-56097-948-8 October 2008 Snoopy (as the World War I Flying Ace) (Volume 10 cover)
The Complete Peanuts: 1971 to 1974 1-60699-287-2 September 2009 Woodstock (Volume 12 cover)
The Complete Peanuts: 1975 to 1978 1-60699-376-3 September 2010 Peppermint Patty (Volume 14 cover)
The Complete Peanuts: 1979 to 1982 1-60699-472-7 August 2011 Schroeder
The Complete Peanuts: 1983 to 1986 1-60699-573-1 August 2012 Spike (Volume 18 cover)
The Complete Peanuts: 1987 to 1990 1-60699-681-9 October 2013 Sally Brown

Free Comic Book Day

Fantagraphics' contribution to the 2007 Free Comic Book Day was a companion comic book to The Complete Peanuts called Unseen Peanuts, which featured various rarely printed strips (the reasons being speculated on in the captions). The comic book is also given away free with the purchase of any of The Complete Peanuts books on Fantagraphics' order catalogs, though they state "only one per person; PLEASE".

International editions

All international editions retain the artwork, layout, and format of the original American version (though some of the German volumes feature the original introductions, such as those by Matt Groening and Whoopi Goldberg, while others feature new ones by Germans such as Robert Gernhardt):

  • Canongate Books started publication of a UK edition of the series in October 2007, with twelve volumes published as of November 2012, with Volume 5 featuring a different introduction from the US edition, by Russell T Davies.[7]
  • Carlsen Comics began publication of a German edition of The Complete Peanuts in October 2006, under the title Peanuts Werkausgabe, with the fifteenth and sixteenth to be released in February and September 2013.[8]
  • The Portuguese release of Peanuts - Obra Completa by Edições Afrontamento published the first two volumes in 2006, with the sixth released in 2011.[citation needed] There is no schedule for the publication of the next volumes.[citation needed]
  • Dargaud started publishing The Complete Peanuts in France, under the title Snoopy - Intégrales, in November 2005.[9] To date, thirteen volumes have been published.
  • In Spain, Planeta DeAgostini is the publisher of Snoopy y Carlitos, with nine volumes published to date.[10]
  • In Brazil, L&PM Editores started publication in November 2009, under the title Peanuts Completo.[11] Five volumes have been released so far.

References

  1. "You're High Art, Charlie Brown". The Washington Post article by Tom Beer. http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/washingtonpost/access/591072081.html?dids=591072081:591072081&FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:FT&date=MAR+28%2C+2004&author=Tom+Beer&pub=The+Washington+Post&desc=You're+High+Art%2C+Charlie+Brown&pqatl=google. 
  2. "The Complete Peanuts 1959–1960". Item page on Amazon.com. http://www.amazon.com/dp/1560976713. 
  3. "The Official Peanuts Website - News". The Official Peanuts Website Announcement. http://www.snoopy.com/comics/peanuts/news/news_042005.html. 
  4. "The Complete Peanuts 1950–1952". Item page on Amazon.com. http://www.amazon.com/dp/156097589X. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 "Upcoming Peanuts books". 2012. http://aaugh.com/upcoming.htm. Retrieved January 21, 2013. 
  6. "About the Complete Peanuts Project". http://www.fantagraphics.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=64&Itemid=136. Retrieved January 21, 2013. 
  7. "Complete Peanuts on Canongate". http://www.canongate.tv/search?q=Complete+Peanuts. 
  8. "Peanuts Werkausgabe" (in German). http://www.carlsen.de/web/comic/serie?id=40163. Retrieved January 21, 2013. 
  9. "Snoopy - Intégrales - Editions Dargaud" (in French). http://www.dargaud.com/snoopy-integrales. Retrieved January 21, 2013. 
  10. "Snoopy y Carlitos" (in Spanish). http://www.planetadelibros.com/serie-snoopy-y-carlitos-626.html. Retrieved January 21, 2013. 
  11. "Charles M. Schulz" (in Portuguese). http://www.lpm.com.br/site/default.asp?TroncoID=805134&SecaoID=948848&SubsecaoID=0&Template=../livros/layout_autor.asp&AutorID=637477. Retrieved January 21, 2013. 

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