GRAPHIC NOVELS

Peanuts Dell Archive

Schulz, Charles M. & . Kaboom! 2018. 352p. ISBN 9781684152551. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9781641441179. COMICS
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First published in 1950, Schulz's comic strip Peanuts became a multimedia phenomenon. This volume, produced with help of the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center, reprints for the first time stories published in Dell and Gold Key Comics, 1957–63. What makes this collection notable is that Schulz, who wrote and drew the strip without assistants, created little of its contents. Although a few stories and covers by Schulz are included, the bulk consists of other artists and writers mimicking his style. Geared toward younger readers, some selections lack the sensibility that makes Schulz's work unique and feature a different narrative rhythm. Still, the familiar characters shine through. An informative introduction by Schulz authority Derrick Bang contextualizes the original publications, with the various other artists identified throughout.
VERDICT This well-produced collection will be of interest to fans of Peanuts or vintage children's comic books and may have a nostalgic appeal to readers who grew up with the famous strip.

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