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New printing. Highly Recommended. Introductions by Matt Groening and Jonathan Franzen. Collecting the third and fourth volumes of The Complete Peanuts (1955-1956 and 1957-1958) in one handsome collector’s slipcase designed by the cartoonist Seth. Linus learns to talk, Snoopy begins to explore his eccentricities (including his hilarious first series of impressions), Lucy’s unrequited crush on Schroeder. Over half of the strips in this volume have never been printed since their original appearance in newspapers a half-century ago! Fantagraphics, 2021.

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Collecting the third and fourth volumes of The Complete Peanuts (1955-1956 and 1957-1958) in one handsome collector’s slipcase designed by the cartoonist Seth. Linus learns to talk, Snoopy begins to explore his eccentricities (including his hilarious first series of impressions), Lucy’s unrequited crush on Schroeder. Over half of the strips in this volume have never been printed since their original appearance in newspapers a half-century ago!

Even the most dedicated Peanuts collector/fan is sure to find many new treasures. The Complete Peanuts runs 26 volumes, collecting two years chronologically at a rate of two a year for twelve years.

Each volume is designed by the award-winning cartoonist Seth (It’s a Good Life If You Don’t Weaken) and features impeccable production values; every single strip from Charles M. Schulz’s 50-year American classic is reproduced better than ever before.

This volume includes an introduction by Matt Groening (The Simpsons) as well as the popular Complete Peanuts Index, a hit with librarians and collectors alike, and an epilogue by series editor Gary Groth.

In Volume 4 Peanuts definitively enters its golden age. Linus becomes downright eloquent and even begins to fend off Lucy’s bullying; even so, his security neurosis becomes more pronounced, including a harrowing two-week “Lost Weekend” sequence of blanketlessness.

Charlie Brown cascades further down the hill to loserdom, with spectacularly lost kites, humiliating baseball losses (including one where he becomes “the Goat” and is driven from the field in a chorus of BAAAAHs); at least his newly acquired “pencil pal” affords him some comfort.

Pig-Pen, Shermy, Violet, and Patty are also around, as is an increasingly Beethoven-fixated Schroeder.

But the rising star is undoubtedly Snoopy. He’s at the center of the most graphically dynamic and action-packed episodes (the ones in which he attempts to grab Linus’s blanket at a dead run). He even tentatively tries to sleep on the crest of his doghouse roof once or twice, with mixed results. And his imitations continue apace, including penguins, anteaters, sea monsters, vultures and (much to her chagrin) Lucy. No wonder the beagle is the cover star not only of this volume, but of the collector’s slipcase.

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