The Unseen Peanuts
"Charles M. Schulz's Peanuts is the most-reprinted comic strip of all time, with literally hundreds of collections published in the last 50 years. You would expect that by now every Peanuts strip has been collected more than once... and you'd be very wrong! In fact, hundreds of Peanuts strips were never reprinted..."
I was a HUGE Peanuts fan as a kid. A whole shelf of Charlie Brown books adorned my wall.
When I was twelve, I hiked up Pecos Baldy in New Mexico with my Boy Scout troupe. Late in the hike, I was struggling to keep up having fallen far to the rear of the party. Our Scout Master, Dr Poindexter, tugged on my pack.
"Why is your pack so heavy!?!"
I shrugged. Hell, I didn't know. It just was.
He opened it to find that it was FULL of books. Peanuts books.
"Why did you pack books for this hike?!?!"
I stared at him, amazed at his profound stupidity. "You gotta have something to read."
Damn... what the hell was this guy a doctor of? P.E.?
Yes, I made my Peanuts bones a long time ago.
I confess to being somewhat of a Peanuts purist... I never cared for Snoopy walking upright. Also, the more 'produced' Schulz' art became, the less interested I was. Schulz had this wonderful, raw style in his early work that he refined away in later years. His work after the late seventies appeared manufactured, absent the genuine heart of his work in the sixties.
And maybe that's what I found to be missing - true feeling.
This collection of strips unseen since their initial printing is exactly what the doctor ordered. Well, not Dr. Poindexter. But a real doctor would order it.
And hey, it's FREE on Saturday.
Free Comic Book Day is May 5th. Don't miss it!!!