Peanuts Ev­ery Sun­day By Charles M. Schulz [Fan­ta­graph­ics, $50]

Animation Magazine - - Frame- By- Frame - — by Ramin Za­hed

We know Christ­mas was a cou­ple of months ago, but the help­ful elves at Fan­ta­graph­ics never stop do­ing su­pe­rior work. They re­cently be­gan a mas­sive project, a 10-vol­ume se­ries fea­tur­ing color re­pro­duc­tions of the Sun­day edi­tions of Charles M. Schulz’s Peanuts The first vol­ume in this ven­ture serves up a fan­tas­tic col­lec­tion of the strip from 1952 through 1955, re­col­or­ing them to match the orig­i­nal hues and to avoid sharp syn­di­ca­tion colors. You’ll find very young ver­sions of the gang and Snoopy in this edi­tion, and it’s quite fun to trace the ori­gins of the more so­phis­ti­cated char­ac­ters we’re more fa­mil­iar with from later years and the an­i­mated spe­cials. There are some cur­mud­geons on­line who are com­plain­ing about the book’s un­con­ven­tional size (13.2 inches x 9.3 inches), be­cause it doesn’t fit nicely with the rest of the art books on their shelves. But come on! The whole rea­son to have this vol­ume is to re­live the joy of read­ing the Sun­day morn­ing fun­nies — and that’s why the larger for­mat is ab­so­lutely vi­tal to the ex­pe­ri­ence. Keep ’em com­ing, folks!

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