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.)

New releases
“Mad Libs” now sounds like the title of a Fox News commentary show

Digging through the pile of detritus that accumulates around my workspace, I just found an unopened Amazon envelope that had been there for a while. Inside? A copy of Snoopy Mad Libs, the second Peanuts volume for this classic word game, where someone lists specific sorts of words and a friend …

New releases
Review: Lucy: Speak Out!

As I’ve said before, the folks at Andrews McMeel Publishing produce a series of good solid basic strip reprint books for kids. Hitting stores tomorrow (and available for preorder now, naturally) is Lucy: Speak Out!, the 12th volume in this series. While AMP started with sequential strip reprints, by this …

New releases
Lucy, the book

Catching up on recent purchases, we have Lucy, a hardcover collection of Lucy-centric stories from the Boom! comic books – so if you have all the comic books, or all the trade paperback collections thereof, then you have all this stuff. But it is a collection with a lot of good …