For as long as I can remember, I can recall waking up on Sunday mornings and searching through our newspaper for the brightly colored comics section. I never was looking for the tales of Garfield and his hatred for Mondays, or the latest pranks Beetle Bailey was pulling on Sarge. Instead, I was looking for a little boy and his beloved dog; in other words, I was looking for Charles Schulz’s Peanuts comics.
To me, Schulz’s work is more than just simple little cartoons. His work had depth and wisdom to it that I learned to appreciate as an adult. My family even jokes that I am a psychology major because of the hours spent reading of his Lucy and her psychiatrist stand.
For this reason, I have chosen to create a collection on Schulz’s work and related materials. Many of the items come from my own personal collection, while others were located on Amazon and the Charles M. Schulz Museum store.
Since the 1950s, Schulz’s beloved characters have been marketed in everything from the daily newspaper to movies and televisions shows to books to toys. This collection contains some of the books that have been released over the years. From the miniature books contains his loved Easter and Christmas stories to older children’s books such as You’re a Good Sport Charlie Brown, these books depict the classic tales I grew up enjoying.
While books such as those are directly related to Schulz, the collection also contains items that have been inspired by his work. Tom Everhart has been using the classic comics as inspiration for his paintings for nearly two decades, which is why both a painting of his as well as a book detailing an exhibition of his the Charles M. Schulz Museum displayed are located here. Furthermore, the same museum held an exhibit showcasing fellow cartoonist who paid tribute to Schulz following his death. A book filled with copies of these comics is also in this collection.
My favorite parts of this collection, however, are the items that are more related to his original strips. The Complete Peanuts books and the Art of Charles M. Schulz are filled with fantastic illustrations and reprints of the comics. The coloring and paper is gorgeous and allows pieces to pop on the page, making it my favorite pieces. In addition, the framed print of his final comic strip is especially important to this collection.
But because Schulz created such diverse characters, this collection is not just books and comic strips. As previously stated, my collection contains paintings and framed art. A movie can also be found, because no Peanuts collection would be complete without the famous “A Charlie Brown Christmas”.
Because of the fact that the comics often took on a philosophical yet whimsical outlook on life, Peanuts has continued to thrive throughout the years, as I hope this collection will. I would like to see more of the books containing collections of the strips to be added so that one day it could have all of the decades rather than the few years it contains at the moment. Books and merchandise are created each year, and I hope that this collection can continue to grow with that.
A Charlie Brown Christmas. Directed by Bill Melendez. 1965. Burbank, CA: Warner Home Video, 2000.
Everhart, Tom. Dog Breath. 2000.
While not a direct piece by Sculz, the bond between Snoopy and Charlie Brown inspires this painting. Using acrylic, enamel and varnish on canvas, Everhart recreated an image found in one of the classic comic strips.
Everhart, Tom. Under the Influence. California: Charles M. Schulz Museum & Research Center. 2004.
Little details were given on the actual design as it is a book created to go along with one of the older exhibits, however the description does indicate that this contains illustrations and prints of both Everhart’s artwork and the comics that inspired it. Furthermore it is a paperback format.
Guaraldi, Vince. The Peanuts Illustrated Songbook. Wisconsin: Hal Leonard Corporation, 2001.
This is in a paperback format so that it is easy to use at a piano given that it does contain sheet music of the scores created for the television specials and movies. It is also accompanied by full color prints of the illustrations Schulz originally created for the movies and comics.
Lebaron, Gaye, Schulz, Charles, Trudeau, Garry, and Watterson Schulz, Bill. Tribute to Sparky: Cartoon Artists Honor Charles M. Schulz. California: Charles M. Schulz Museum, 2003.
Because this book was originally created to go along with an exhibit, the actual book design is not necessarily beautiful, given that it has spiral binding and is paperback. However it is the illustrations and comics within that pay tribute to Schulz that make this book special to this collection. Some of the comics are shown here:
Mendelson, Lee. The Making of a Tradition: “A Charlie Brown Christmas”. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2000.
Once again, the outward appearance of this book is not necessarily beautiful. It is paperback with binding that has been glued together. However, the inside features glossy paper displaying in full color various illustrations and pictures from the production of “A Charlie Brown Christmas”.
Michaels, David. Schulz and Peanuts: A Biography. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2007.
This book features what appears to be a font typical of many manuscripts, possibly Arial or a Times. The binding, while still glued together, gives off the look that it has actually been sewn together. The plain black of the hardback book is covered with a dusk jacket that has been designed to look like the famous yellow and black t-shirt Schulz always had Charlie Brown wearing. Reprints of some of the comics are also scattered throughout the biography. Photo paper is also inserted into various areas with glossy photos from Schulz’s life.
Schulz, Charles. A Charlie Brown Christmas (Miniature Edition). Pennsylvania: Running Press, 2003.
Schulz, Charles. It’s the Easter Beagle Charlie Brown (Miniature Edition). Pennsylvania: Running Press, 2006.
These two miniature edition stories contain brightly colored illustrations from the films by the same names. Each has decorative endpapers that depicts aspects of the holidays. The bindings on both have been glued together. Bright, glossy dusk jackets cover rather plain boards of the hardback books.
Schulz, Charles. Celebrating Peanuts: 60 Years. Kansas: Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2009.
This anniversary edition contains both black and white as well as color illustrations over the beloved strips. To commemorate their 60 years of entertaining fans, this comes with a slip case to protect the hard back book.
Schulz, Charles. Comic Strip, Final Sunday. California: Charles M. Schulz Museum, 2000.
Schulz, Charles. Happiness is a Warm Puppy. Maine: Cider Mill Press Book Publishers, 2006.
Schulz, Charles. Love is Walking Hand in Hand. Maine: Cider Mill Press Book Publishers, 2006.
Schulz, Charles. Security is a Thumb and a Blanket. Maine: Cider Mill Press Book Publishers, 2006.
The three entries above are all more philosophical books that use Schulz art. All have paper that is almost a cardstock quality with brightly colored illustrations. Each has decorative endpapers with similar designs as the dusk jackets and front of the books. The fonts and texts for the most part are all the same, except for on Happiness is a Warm Puppy where there is a decorative look to the “H” on every page.
Schulz, Charles. Peanuts: Holidays Through the Year. New York: Little Simon, 2001.
Once again, it is the endpapers and the colored illustrations within this book that make it special to this collection:
Schulz, Charles. There’s No One Like You, Snoopy. Connecticut: Fawcett Publications, 1967.
This is an older book that I had found at an antique shop. It’s design is more of a comic book, showing mainly just black and white illustrations of the strips without any other text. The papers is bound together with glue. Furthermore the paper has browned over the years from it’s original color:
Schulz, Charles. The Complete Peanuts: 1950-1952. Edited by Gary Groth. New York: Fantagraphics Books, 2004.
Schulz, Charles. The Complete Peanuts: 1960-1962. Edited by Gary Groth. New York: Fantagraphics Books, 2006.
Both these books are hardback editions filled with reprints of the original black and white comic strips from the stated years. The decorative endpapers and boards to the hardback books are designed in color schemes that seem to fit the era, slightly dulled down and not overly glossy.
Schulz, Charles. You’re a Good Sport, Charlie Brown. New York: Scholastic Books, 1976.
Like There’s No One Like You, Snoopy, this book is older and a little rough around the edges. I had found it at an antique store and loved it despite this though. The book is more unique and has provenance (the original owner wrote her name in the front and I’ve never erased it). I fell in love with the orange paper used to match the orange pumpkin helmet Charlie Brown wears in the story. The illustrations, while dulled with age, still pop off the paper.
The Art of Charles M. Schulz. Edited by Chip Kidd. New York: Pantheon Books, 2001.**
This is by far my favorite in the collection, and probably the book that actually started my real life collection. As the picture shows, the dusk jacket only covers about two thirds of the book so that the illustrations printed on the black and white, glossy cover of the book can be seen over the top. Like many of the others in this collection, the endpapers are decorative as well. In this one though, they are pictures of Schulz’s work and workspace rather than designs. Unlike the other books, the binding appears to be sewn together rather than just glued. The actual pages themselves feel almost like a type of nice photo paper. On most of these pages, various images have been printed, everything from the comics to original sketches to pictures of Schulz himself.
The Winning Team. Hallmark Cards, 2000.
This is not a book per say, but does have elements of an artist book and pop up book in a way. As the picture shows, it is a comic strip that has ceramic parts to it that stand out to form the illustration of what would be the strip. The back remains a piece of framed paper that has the background images and the text of the comic.
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