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With this volume, The Complete Peanuts ventures into the lesser-known
1980s, and Peanuts fans are sure to find plenty of surprises.
In Snoopy-family news, Spike is drafted into the Infantry (don’t worry, it’s
only Snoopy’s imaginary World War I army), and a brand new brother, “Marbles” (with the spotty ears) takes his bow. We also see two major baseball-oriented stories, one in which Charlie Brown joins Peppermint Patty’s team,
and another in which Charlie Brown and his team lose their baseball field.
In other stories, Peppermint Patty witnesses the “butterfly miracle,” Linus
protests that he is not Sally’s “Sweet Babboo,” Sally (in an unrelated sequence)
gets fat, the Van Pelts get into farming, and two of the most eccentric characters from later Peanuts years, the hyperaggressive Molly Volley and the whiny
“Crybaby” Boobie, make a return engagement.
Charles Schulz’s Peanuts world will never grow old, and Fantagraphics’
complete reprinting of this masterpiece, now in its eighth year — still lovingly designed by world-class cartoonist Seth — has firmly established itself
as one of the very finest archival comic-strip projects ever done.
Praise for Peanuts and The Complete Peanuts Series:
"The Complete Peanuts has framed Charles Schulz’s enduring masterpiece about as well any lifelong fan could’ve hoped." – "The Best Comics of the '00s: The Archives", The A.V. Club
“It’s impossible to think of another popular art form that reaches across generations the way the daily comic strip does… at the pinnacle of that long tradition, there was Charles Schulz.” – The Seattle Times
"Charles Schulz was an American treasure — an artist, philosopher, and keen observer of human life." – Bill Clinton
"Republishing Peanuts in one gorgeous volume after another is really the first time we can truly take a step back, appreciate Schulz's work as a whole and ultimately wrap our arms around the accomplishment of Charles Schulz. Sometimes, happiness is a warm book." – The Huffington Post
"Reading may be fundamental and all that – but sometimes you just want something funny. Like earlier installments, Charles Schulz's The Complete Peanuts: 1981 to 1982 from Fantagraphics is a handsome hardcover collecting two years' worth of Snoopy and that round-headed kid." – Electronic Gaming Monthly
"These early 1980s episodes see Snoopy reunite with his brother Marbles (who’s baffled by his sibling’s
WWI fantasies), Linus and Lucy plant a garden, and Peppermint Patty apply to a school for gifted children
(she thinks they’re going to give her presents). But the strip’s fragile heart remains good ol’ Charlie
Brown, who faces a crisis when liability issues bar him and his team from their baseball field. In a moving
introduction to the volume, cartoonist Lynn Johnston (For Better or For Worse) writes about her close
friendship with Schulz."
– Gordon Flagg, Booklist