The Complete Peanuts

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The Complete Peanuts
The cover to the first volume
Publication information
Publisher Fantagraphics Books
Schedule biannual
Format Hardcover, softcover
Publication date 2004 – 2016
No. of issues 26
Main character(s) Snoopy, Woodstock, Charlie Brown, Sally Brown, Franklin, Lucy van Pelt, Linus van Pelt, Peppermint Patty
Creative team
Created by Charles M. Schulz
Written by Charles M. Schulz
Artist(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. The series was published at a rate of two volumes per year, each containing two years of strips (except for the first volume which includes 1950–1952). Slipcased sets of two volumes are also available. The series comprises a total of 26 volumes,[1] including a bonus book with sketches, interviews, and other extra material. These hardcover books were first published between 2004–2016. Later Fantagraphics Books also began publishing the series in a softcover format. A companion series titled Peanuts Every Sunday, collecting only the Sunday strips of the Peanuts series, was launched by Fantagraphics in 2013 and is scheduled to run until 2022.

Schulz began to discuss an anthology of his work with Fantagraphics Books in 1997. The idea of a complete compendium of all published Peanuts strips 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.[citation needed] Approximately 2,000 of the 17,897 strips had never appeared in a previous U.S. collection.

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

Volumes[edit]

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.[2] 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). The hardcover volumes measure 8.5 inches (220 mm) × 7 inches (180 mm) while the softcover volumes are 8.25 inches (210 mm) × 6.5 inches (170 mm).

All the characters on the covers (and their styles) match the time period each volume represents.

Volume 25, covering the years 1999 and 2000, also includes the complete run of Schulz's 1947–50 strip Li'l Folks. This precursor includes early versions of Charlie Brown and Snoopy. A 26th and final volume was announced in 2016 which includes hundreds of miscellaneous sketches, designs, short stories, and covers drawn by Schulz.

# Title ISBN Release date Cover art Spine art Introduction Page count
1 The Complete Peanuts: 1950 to 1952 1-56097-589-X May 17, 2004 Charlie Brown Shermy Garrison Keillor 346
2 The Complete Peanuts: 1953 to 1954 1-56097-614-4 October 17, 2004 Lucy van Pelt Charlotte Braun Walter Cronkite 344
3 The Complete Peanuts: 1955 to 1956 1-56097-647-0 April 17, 2005 Pig-Pen Patty Matt Groening 344
4 The Complete Peanuts: 1957 to 1958 1-56097-670-5 October 17, 2005 Snoopy Violet Gray Jonathan Franzen 314
5 The Complete Peanuts: 1959 to 1960 1-56097-671-3 May 17, 2006 Patty Schroeder Whoopi Goldberg (US edition)
Russell T Davies (UK edition)
344
6 The Complete Peanuts: 1961 to 1962 1-56097-672-1 November 17, 2006 Schroeder Snoopy Diana Krall 344
7 The Complete Peanuts: 1963 to 1964 1-56097-723-X May 1, 2007 Linus van Pelt Lucy van Pelt Bill Meléndez 344
8 The Complete Peanuts: 1965 to 1966 1-56097-724-8 August 29, 2007 Charlie Brown 555 95472 Hal Hartley 344
9 The Complete Peanuts: 1967 to 1968 1-56097-826-0 April 23, 2008 Violet Gray Linus van Pelt John Waters 344
10 The Complete Peanuts: 1969 to 1970 1-56097-827-9 October 19, 2008 Snoopy (as the World War I Flying Ace) Pig-Pen Mo Willems 344
11 The Complete Peanuts: 1971 to 1972 1-60699-145-0 April 29, 2009 Sally Brown Thibault Kristin Chenoweth 344
12 The Complete Peanuts: 1973 to 1974 1-60699-286-4 September 8, 2009 Woodstock Frieda Billie Jean King 344
13 The Complete Peanuts: 1975 to 1976 1-60699-345-3 April 20, 2010 Frieda Charlie Brown Robert Smigel 344
14 The Complete Peanuts: 1977 to 1978 1-60699-375-5 September 27, 2010 Peppermint Patty Sally Brown Alec Baldwin 344
15 The Complete Peanuts: 1979 to 1980 1-60699-438-7 April 11, 2011 Charlie Brown José Peterson Al Roker 344
16 The Complete Peanuts: 1981 to 1982 1-60699-471-9 August 29, 2011 Linus van Pelt Eudora Lynn Johnston 344
17 The Complete Peanuts: 1983 to 1984 1-60699-523-5 April 3, 2012 Franklin Roy Leonard Maltin 344
18 The Complete Peanuts: 1985 to 1986 1-60699-572-3 September 19, 2012 Spike Marcie Patton Oswalt 344
19 The Complete Peanuts: 1987 to 1988 1-60699-634-7 April 6, 2013 Lucy van Pelt Peppermint Patty Garry Trudeau 344
20 The Complete Peanuts: 1989 to 1990 1-60699-680-0 October 18, 2013 Charlie Brown Franklin Lemony Snicket 344
21 The Complete Peanuts: 1991 to 1992 1-60699-726-2 June 8, 2014 Marcie Woodstock Tom Tomorrow 344
22 The Complete Peanuts: 1993 to 1994 1-60699-773-4 October 28, 2014 Peppermint Patty Molly Volley Jake Tapper 344
23 The Complete Peanuts: 1995 to 1996 1-60699-818-8 July 4, 2015 Snoopy (as the "World Famous Attorney") Spike Rifftrax/MST3K 348
24 The Complete Peanuts: 1997 to 1998 1-60699-860-9 November 9, 2015 Rerun van Pelt Royanne Hobbs Paul Feig 314
25 The Complete Peanuts: 1999 to 2000 Plus Li'l Folks 1-60699-913-3 May 10, 2016 Sally Brown Truffles Barack Obama 332

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26 The Complete Peanuts: Comics and Stories 1-60699-957-5 November 22, 2016 Charlie Brown Rerun van Pelt Jean Schulz 344

Boxed sets[edit]

All of the volumes are also being released in boxed sets of two, housed in a specially designed slipcase.[4]

Title ISBN Release date Center character
The Complete Peanuts: 1950 to 1954 1-56097-632-2 October 17, 2004 Charlie Brown (Volume 1 cover)
The Complete Peanuts: 1955 to 1958 1-56097-687-X October 17, 2005 Snoopy (Volume 4 cover)
The Complete Peanuts: 1959 to 1962 1-56097-774-4 November 17, 2006 Lucy van Pelt
The Complete Peanuts: 1963 to 1966 1-56097-868-6 August 29, 2007 Linus van Pelt (Volume 7 cover)
The Complete Peanuts: 1967 to 1970 1-56097-948-8 October 19, 2008 Snoopy (as the World War I Flying Ace) (Volume 10 cover)
The Complete Peanuts: 1971 to 1974 1-60699-287-2 September 8, 2009 Woodstock (Volume 12 cover)
The Complete Peanuts: 1975 to 1978 1-60699-376-3 September 27, 2010 Peppermint Patty (Volume 14 cover)
The Complete Peanuts: 1979 to 1982 1-60699-472-7 August 29, 2011 Schroeder
The Complete Peanuts: 1983 to 1986 1-60699-573-1 September 19, 2012 Spike (Volume 18 cover)
The Complete Peanuts: 1987 to 1990 1-60699-681-9 October 18, 2013 Sally Brown
The Complete Peanuts: 1991 to 1994 1-60699-774-2 October 28, 2014 Woodstock's bird friends
The Complete Peanuts: 1995 to 1998 1-60699-861-7 November 9, 2015 Lucy van Pelt
The Complete Peanuts: 1999 to 2000 and Comics and Stories 1-60699-958-3 November 22, 2016 Charlie Brown

Peanuts Every Sunday[edit]

Peanuts Every Sunday is a series featuring the Peanuts Sunday strips in full color. These books, unlike the Complete Peanuts series, are scheduled to be released one every year, in ten volumes covering half a decade each (except the first book, 1952–55). Slip-cased sets of two are also available.

Title ISBN Release date Character(s) in focus Introduction Pages
Peanuts Every Sunday: 1952 to 1955 1-60699-692-4 December 2013 Charlie Brown Jonathan Rosenbaum 288
Peanuts Every Sunday: 1956 to 1960 1-60699-794-7 November 2014 Lucy van Pelt Chuck Klosterman 272
Peanuts Every Sunday: 1961 to 1965 1-60699-872-2 November 2015 Charlie Brown and Snoopy Luc Sante 288
Peanuts Every Sunday: 1966 to 1970 1-60699-968-0 November 2016 Lucy van Pelt and Snoopy Max Apple 288
Peanuts Every Sunday: 1971 to 1975 1-68396-063-7 November 2017 Snoopy and Woodstock Alexander Theroux 288
Peanuts Every Sunday: 1976 to 1980 1-68396-141-2 December 2018 Pig-Pen and Peppermint Patty 288
Peanuts Every Sunday: 1981 to 1985 2019
Peanuts Every Sunday: 1986 to 1990 2020
Peanuts Every Sunday: 1991 to 1995 2021
Peanuts Every Sunday: 1996 to 2000 2022

Both the complete series and the Sunday collections are being published in hardback and paperback form, with different covers and supplemental artwork.

Recognition[edit]

The Complete Peanuts have won several awards including:

Eisner Awards

  • 2005 - "Best Archival Collection/Project"
  • 2005 - "Best Publication Design" (Seth)
  • 2007 - "Best Archival Collection/Project - Strips"

Harvey Awards

  • 2005 - "Special Award for Excellence in Presentation"
  • 2005 - "Best Domestic Reprint Project"
  • 2007 - "Best Domestic Reprint Project"
  • 2008 - "Best Domestic Reprint Project"
  • 2009 - "Best Domestic Reprint Project"

International editions[edit]

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). As of January 2017, the following have been printed:

  • Canongate Books started publication of a UK edition of the series in October 2007, with all volumes published; Volume 5 features a different introduction from the US edition, by Russell T. Davies.[5]
  • Carlsen Comics began publication of a German edition of The Complete Peanuts in October 2006, under the title Peanuts Werkausgabe—21 have been released.[6]
  • 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;[7] later volumes were re-titled Snoopy et les Peanuts. To date, 17 volumes have been published.
  • In Poland, Nasza Księgarnia began publishing the collected edition in 2008, under the title Fistaszki zebrane, with 19 volumes released so far.
  • In Spain, Planeta DeAgostini is the publisher of Snoopy y Carlitos, with 18 volumes published to date.[8]
  • In Brazil, L&PM Editores started publication in November 2009, under the title Peanuts Completo.[9] Eight volumes have been released so far.
  • In Italy, Panini Comics started publication in April 2005, maintaining the original title The Complete Peanuts. All volumes have been released.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "You're High Art, Charlie Brown". The Washington Post article by Tom Beer. 
  2. ^ "The Official Peanuts Website – News". The Official Peanuts Website Announcement. 
  3. ^ Gustines, George Gene. New York Times, March 6, 2016. "Obama Pays Tribute to Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the 'Peanuts' Gang".
  4. ^ "About the Complete Peanuts Project". Retrieved January 21, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Complete Peanuts on Canongate". 
  6. ^ "Peanuts Werkausgabe" (in German). Retrieved January 21, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Snoopy – Intégrales – Editions Dargaud" (in French). Retrieved January 21, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Snoopy y Carlitos" (in Spanish). Retrieved January 21, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Charles M. Schulz" (in Portuguese). Retrieved January 21, 2013. 

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