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Charles Schulz enters his fourth decade as the greatest cartoonist of his generation, and Peanuts remains as fresh and
lively as it ever was.
(How do we know it’s 1980? Well, for one thing Peppermint Patty gets herself those Bo-Derek-in-“10” cornrows — Peanuts’
timelessness occasionally shows a crack!)
That said, The Complete Peanuts 1979-1980 includes a number of classic storylines, including the month-long sequence
in which an ill Charlie Brown is hospitalized (including a particularly spooky moment when he wonders if he’s died and
nobody’s told him yet), and an especially eventful trek with Snoopy, Woodstock, and the scout troop (now including a
little girl bird, Harriet). And Snoopy is still trying on identities left and right, including the “world-famous surveyor,” the
“world-famous census taker,” and Blackjack Snoopy, the riverboat gambler.
In other extended stories, Snoopy launches an ill-fated airline (with Lucy as the agent, Linus as the luggage handler, and
Marcie as what it was still OK then to call the stewardess)… Peppermint Patty responds to being leaked upon by a ceiling
by hiring a lawyer (unfortunately, she again picks Snoopy)… plus one of the great, forgotten romances of Peanuts that will
startle even long-time Peanuts connoisseurs: Peppermint Patty and…“Pig-Pen”?!
Download an EXCLUSIVE 15-page PDF excerpt (651 KB) containing all the strips from January, 1979!
"Although Schulz’s much-loved comic strip is considered timeless — the continued reprinting of decades-
old episodes in today’s newspapers attests to its perennial appeal — it wasn’t immune to contemporary
trends. In these episodes, Peppermint Patty advocates for women’s equity in sports and gets Bo Derek-inspired cornrows. In other anomalous sequences, Charlie Brown’s pals express uncharacteristic affection
for him when he’s hospitalized, and Peppermint Patty falls in love with — of all people — Pig-Pen. But most
of the strips here display the comfortable tropes, from Snoopy as a WWI flying ace to Linus awaiting the
Great Pumpkin, that Peanuts fans grew to love during its five-decade run."
– Gordon Flagg, Booklist
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
"One can scarcely overstate the importance of Peanuts to the comics, or overstate its influence on all of us who have followed." – Bill Watterson
"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