In an era of social upheaval, Peppermint Patty encounters footwear oppression; Lucy declares herself a "New Feminist"; a tear gas-stained riot erupts at the Daisy Hill Puppy Farm; and Snoopy's bird friend gains a name: Woodstock!He turns up first as Snoopy’s secretary, then gradually becomes a good friend whom Snoopy helps to fly South... but it’s not until June 22, 1970 that the little bird gains a name, in a perfect salute to the decade that ends with this volume: Woodstock! In other timely stories, Peppermint Patty runs afoul of her school’s dress code (those sandals!), Lucy declares herself a “New Feminist,” and Snoopy’s return to the Daisy Hill Puppy Farm on a speaking engagement climaxes in a riot and a new love found amidst the teargas (“She had the softest paws...”). Speaking of Snoopy, this volume falls under the sign of the Great Beagle, as three separate storylines focus on the mysterious sovereign of Beagledom. First Snoopy is summoned by a wrathful G.B. when Frieda submits a complaint about his (Snoopy’s) desultory rabbit-chasing efforts; then, back in the Great one’s good graces, Snoopy is sent on a secret mission; and finally he himself ascends (briefly!) to the mantle of Great Beagledom.
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Charles M. Schulz was born November 25, 1922, in Minneapolis. His destiny was foreshadowed when an uncle gave him, at the age of two days, the nickname Sparky (after the racehorse Spark Plug in the newspaper strip Barney Google).In his senior year in high school, his mother noticed an ad in a local newspaper for a correspondence school, Federal Schools (later called Art Instruction Schools). Schulz passed the talent test, completed the course, and began trying, unsuccessfully, to sell gag cartoons to magazines. (His first published drawing was of his dog, Spike, and appeared in a 1937 Ripley's Believe It or Not! installment.) Between 1948 and 1950, he succeeded in selling 17 cartoons to the Saturday Evening Post―as well as, to the local St. Paul Pioneer Press, a weekly comic feature called Li'l Folks. It was run in the women's section and paid $10 a week. After writing and drawing the feature for two years, Schulz asked for a better location in the paper or for daily exposure, as well as a raise. When he was turned down on all three counts, he quit.He started submitting strips to the newspaper syndicates. In the spring of 1950, he received a letter from the United Feature Syndicate, announcing their interest in his submission, Li'l Folks. Schulz boarded a train in June for New York City; more interested in doing a strip than a panel, he also brought along the first installments of what would become Peanuts―and that was what sold. (The title, which Schulz loathed to his dying day, was imposed by the syndicate.) The first Peanuts daily appeared October 2, 1950; the first Sunday, January 6, 1952.Diagnosed with cancer, Schulz retired from Peanuts at the end of 1999. He died on February 13, 2000, the day before Valentine's Day―and the day before his last strip was published―having completed 17,897 daily and Sunday strips, each and every one fully written, drawn, and lettered entirely by his own hand―an unmatched achievement in comics.From Booklist:
In these strips, Caniff’s heady brew of adventure, comedy, and romance approaches perfection. Titular protagonist Terry Lee is growing out of adolescence, and he’s given a love interest in the Southern belle April Kane. While the focus remains on Terry and soldier of fortune Pat Ryan, Caniff keeps things fresh by introducing new supporting characters, notably, dashing pilot Duke Hennick and the ill-fated Raven Sherman. Soon real-life events would transform Terry from an exotic high-adventure tale into an equally thrilling wartime saga. Many aficionados feel that the just-prewar period represents the newspaper adventure strip at its peak. --Gordon Flagg
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Buchbeschreibung Fantagraphics Books, 01.10.2008., 2008. Buchzustand: Sehr gut. kleine Lagerspuren am Buch, Inhalt einwandfrei und ungelesen B221509 Band Sprache: Englisch Gewicht in Gramm: 890 21,8 x 17,0 x 3,3 cm, Gebundene Ausgabe. Artikel-Nr. 181758