On sale date: April 3, 2012
Snoopy's brother Spike and Peppermint Patty take starring roles in the latest Collection for the years 1983 and 1984 of one of the world's most popular newspaper comic strips.
As Peanuts reaches the mid-1980s, Charles Schulz is still creating and playing with new characters, and in this volume Snoopy's deadpan, droopy-mustached brother Spike takes center stage: Surrounded by coyotes in the desert where he lives and who are attacking him with rubber bands, he sends a frantic message to Snoopy who launches an expedition to save him. Then, he makes the long trek back to Snoopy's neck of the woods accompanied by his only friend (a cactus, of course)… and throughout the rest of the book, pops up in hilarious, Waiting for Godot-style vignettes set in his native Needles.
In romantic news, the Peppermint Patty-Marcie-Charlie Brown love triangle of overlapping unrequited love heats up (well, kind of ), while Linus continues to vociferously deny that he is Sally's "Sweet Babboo"; of course, Lucy's unsuccessful pursuit of Schroeder remains unabated. Also, a romance blossoms between two of Snoopy's "Beagle Scout" birds. (We will pass over Spike's brief attraction to one of the coyotes.)
In what is probably his most baroque and hilarious baseball-involved humiliation yet, Charlie Brown agrees to join Peppermint Patty's team the "Pelicans" only to discover that he's wanted not as a player but as a mascot… Linus gives up his security blanket and forms a support group for other kids who are trying to do the same… and Peppermint Patty manages to be held back in school (leaving a "Snoring Ghost" to take her place in the rest of the class that has advanced) and yet get to go on a European trip with her dad, sending back periodic dispatches from the road. All this plus appearances from Franklin, Rerun, and the rest of the gang in these strips from a period of Peanuts that's far less well-known than the endlessly-collected 1960s and 1970s eras…
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"The seventeenth volume of . . . [The Compete Peanuts] is just as delightful as all the rest. Yes, the ink line of Charles Schulz is a little wobbly at times, but his humor is just as sharp as ever...if you want reading material that will make you smile and laugh it's hard to beat this series. And I'm continuing to admire the subtle and classy cover designs by Seth." — Todd Klein - (Eisner Award-winning letterer and designer)
"The Complete Peanuts 1983-1984 is an excellent installment of an excellent series. …Peanuts is a standalone achievement that deserves every accolade it has received. Fantagraphics' reprints have more than risen to the challenge of giving Peanuts the comprehensive editions it has long deserved. Stellar." — Eric Hoffman - Comics Bulletin
- Black and white
- 8.7" × 6.8"