Woodstock propels “Peanuts” into the 1970s, in this collection that gathers all the strips published between 1967 and 1970. Two 344 page books.
In The Complete Peanuts 1967-1968 As we rush toward the end of Peanuts' second full decade, Snoopy finds himself almost completely engrossed in his persona as theWorld War I Flying Ace to the point where he goes to camp withCharlie Brown and maintains his persona throughout the entire two-weekperiod (much to Peppermint Patty's bafflement). Still, Snoopy looms large, so this volume (a particularlySnoopy-heavy one) sees him arm-wrestling Lucy as the “Masked Marvel”and then taking off for Petaluma for the national arm-wrestlingchampionship; impersonating a vulture and a “Cheshire Beagle”; enjoyinggolf and hockey; attempting a jaunt to France for an ice-skatingchampionship; running for office on the “Paw” ticket; being traded toPeppermint Patty's baseball team, then un-traded and installed as teammanager by a guilt-ridden Charlie Brown; as well as dealing with thereturn of his original owner, Lila. If you're surprised by that lastone, imagine how Charlie Brown feels... Lila makes only a brief appearance (as does Jose Peterson, ashort-lived and short star member of Charlie Brown's baseballteam), but this volume sees the appearance of what would be Schulz'smost controversial major character: Franklin. (Yes, in 1968 theintroduction of a Black character caused a stir.) Peppermint Patty, working toward her ascendancy as one of the major Peanutsplayers in the 1970s and 1980s, also has several major turns, includinga storyline in which she s the tent monitor for three little girls (whocall her “Sir” a joke Schulz would pick up later with PeppermintPatty's friend Marcie). Stories involving other characters include a sequence in whichLinus's flippant comment to his Gramma that he'll kick his blankethabit when she kicks her smoking habit backfires; Lucy bullies Linus, pesters Schroeder, and organizes a “crab-in”; plus Charlie Brown copeswith Valentine's Day depression, the Little Red-Haired Girl, theincreasingly malevolent kite-eating tree, and baseball losses. In otherwords: Vintage Peanuts All this, plus an introduction by beloved transgressive filmmaker John Waters and award-winning design by Seth.In The Complete Peanuts 1969-1970 He turns up first as Snoopy s secretary, then gradually becomes a good friend whom Snoopy helps to fly South... but it s not until June 22, 1970 that the little bird gains a name, in a perfect salute to the decade that ends with this volume: Woodstock In other timely stories, Peppermint Patty runs afoul of her school s dress code (those sandals ), Lucy declares herself a New Feminist, and Snoopy s return to the Daisy Hill Puppy Farm on a speaking engagement climaxes in a riot and a new love found amidst the teargas ( She had the softest paws... ).Speaking of Snoopy, this volume falls under the sign of the Great Beagle, as three separate storylines focus on the mysterious sovereign of Beagledom. First Snoopy is summoned by a wrathful G.B. when Frieda submits a complaint about his (Snoopy s) desultory rabbit-chasing efforts; then, back in the Great one s good graces, Snoopy is sent on a secret mission; and finally he himself ascends (briefly ) to the mantle of Great Beagledom.In other news, an exasperated Lucy throws Schroeder s piano into the maw of the kite-eating tree, with gruesome results... Miss Othmar goes on strike and Linus gets involved... Charlie Brown s baseball team has an actual (brief) winning streak... Snoopy s quest to compete in the Oakland ice skating competition is thwarted by his inability to find a partner... Charlie Brown goes to a banquet to meet his hapless baseball hero Joe Shlabotnik... Snoopy is left in the Van Pelt family s care as Charlie and Sally Brown head out of town for a vacation... and (alas) the Little Red-Haired Girl moves away...This volume also features a new introduction by renowned illustrator Mo Willems and, as always, gorgeous design by award-winning cartoonist Seth.
Charles M. Schulz
was born November 25, 1922 in Minneapolis. His destiny was foreshadowed when an uncle gave him, at the age of two days, the nickname Sparky (after the racehorse Spark Plug in the newspaper strip Barney Google). In his senior year in high school, his mother noticed an ad in a local newspaper for a correspondence school, Federal Schools (later called Art Instruction Schools). Schulz passed the talent test, completed the course and began trying, unsuccessfully, to sell gag cartoons to magazines. (His first published drawing was of his dog, Spike, and appeared in a 1937 Ripley's