Friday, October 15, 2010

The Complete Peanuts

Good Grief, Charlie Brown is 60 years old today. That was the text of an email I got one day last week.
The body of work created by Charles M. Schulz is staggering and would be a huge undertaking for any fan to go through.

Across the decades Schulz has entertained us with his loveable characters. The library holds the series, The Complete Peanuts. In this body of work, the evolution of the series is apparent. By the mid 1950s many of the characters had already assumed most of their lovable quirks. Charlie Brown had taken on the persona of the loveable loser. Linus had found his security blanket and with it his voice. Schroeder only had eyes and ears for Beethoven, much to Lucy's chagrin. And Snoopy’s imagination had begun to sore. The longevity of the characters is truly amazing.

The timelessness of the comic strip is evidence of how deeply fans of any age identify with the characters. As the evenings become longer and we are forced inside, The Complete Peanuts would be a little like wrapping ourselves in our own security blanket.

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