51T06g3QLxL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_ 2-peanuts-1950-19541I’ve been collecting these handsome Fantagraphics box sets (designed by Seth) at used bookshops and clearance sales for a few years, and just found  the first two volumes at a great price, and satisfying my OCD desire to read in order, at least the first 20 years’ worth.  Over fifty years, Schulz single-handedly wrote and drew the highly revered, sophisticated, personal, funny, and influential Peanuts.  The first thing that strikes me about these early strips is the beauty of the drawings.  A young Schulz was a the top of his draftsman game, with crisp, geometric lines and spare, beautifully composed panels.

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