Sunday, October 29, 2006

Book-A-Day #104 (10/28): The Complete Peanuts, 1961 to 1962 by Charles M. Schulz

It's the sixth volume in the series collecting all of Schulz's Peanuts cartoons, in order. What's left to say about these books at this point? The books are still wonderfully designed (by the cartoonist Seth), the cartoons themselves are still little gems of bittersweet humor, and Schulz's drawing had hit its expressive peak by this point. (Though I still have to admit my personal preference for those first couple of years of the strip, when the humor was a bit meaner and the character-models hadn't quite gelled yet.)

This is good stuff, and the best thing about strip cartoons is that you don't need to start anywhere in particular -- if you happen to find any of the Complete Peanuts books cheaply, grab them and start reading there.

The Fabulous Book-A-Day Index!
Edited 1/2/07: the huge list of links was getting annoying, and screwing up my Book-A-Day searches, so I've killed them in these posts that had them.

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