Physical Dell Peanuts Archive

Comic book Peanuts

When I reviewed the Peanuts Dell Archive collection of Peanuts comic book stories from the 1950s and 1960s, I was working from a review PDF. Now, I’ve got a physical copy on hand, and I can tell you that this book is well-made.¬† It’s a nice, solid hardcover, and the material is reproduced very well, very much capturing the look of the original presentation. (The paper stock is glossy, which the original was not, but this does not suffer for that the way some reprints do.) I am so glad to see this presented so well.

And in reproducing well, they capture the oddities of the original, such as the tendency to color Snoopy with blue highlights.I would not recommend this book to someone who is new to Peanuts – better to get them a book full of genuine Schulz strip material. But for those with an interest in Peanuts history, this would make a good gift (and at the moment that I type this, Amazon seems to have a nice discount on it – click this link to check for yourself.)

Classic finds
Collecting Peanuts books is educational

It wasn’t until today, when I finally get a book that I’ve been wanting for over a decade, the one missing book in my set of traced-and-translated-into-Polish Peanuts strips published in the mid-1980s, that I was aware of this historic fact: Communist-era Poland, while bereft of many things, did in …

New releases
Review: Sparky & Spike

The new book¬†Sparky & Spike: Charles Schulz and the Wildest, Smartest Dog Ever seems to be on the cusp of transitioning Schulz’s cultural image from artist to icon – not the first leaning in that direction, but perhaps the most blatant. It tells the tale of a boy who is …

Classic finds
The Moist Menace

While I’ve covered various Happiness is a Warm Puppy parodies in the past, and while I have a number of programs from Reuben Award ceremonies held by the National Cartoonist Society, I haven’t seen the 1963 program, which is where Carol Tilley (U of Illinois professor who focuses on comics …