The tenth volume of Peanuts Every Sunday, containing all of the Sunday strips from 1996 through 2000, and the two-volume boxed set covering the final decade of the strip, have now both been released. Fantagraphics has yet another achievement with the completion of issuing of these large, lovely, respectful volumes.
Now, the 1990s aren’t the decade I’d recommend if someone wanted to buy just one of these boxed sets. (That would be the sixties, when the strip was a bit more daring and visually invented.) But I think that sometimes the 1990s Peanuts material is dissed too easily. In the last few years of that decade, Schulz seemed to be on a creative upswing, particularly with the energy he was putting into young Rerun Van Pelt. Even weak periods of Peanuts are only relatively weak, still better than the good years of many a strip. The last book (which is a little thinner than the ones before it owing to the strip ending early in 2000 rather than making it through the year) is better than some which preceded it.
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