And Then I Read: THE COMPLETE PEANUTS 1971-72

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Sally gets the cover in this 11th volume of THE COMPLETE PEANUTS, and the intro is by actress Kristin Chenoweth, who played her in a Broadway revival of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.” Sally has quite a few strips here, many featuring her adversarial relationship with school.

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Like Lucy, Sally thinks she knows, or can fake all the answers, and is annoyed when it doesn’t get her far. Peppermint Patty is also shown as a poor student in school, but she’s more resigned to it, and at least has her prowess in sports to fall back on.

One nice thing about these collections is that, in a two-year run of the strip, all the regulars get lots of time. Snoopy and Woodstock, Charlie Brown and Lucy, Lucy and Schroeder, Charlie Brown and his baseball team, Snoopy and Lucy, Snoopy and Charlie Brown, Linus and Lucy, Linus and Charlie Brown, all the relationships have time to shine and grow, which for a four panel a day (plus mostly non-continuity Sundays) strip is quite an accomplishment. Schulz does use continuity in the daily strips to tell longer stories, usually not more than two weeks of dailies for those, though. And the vast majority are simple one-gag strips.

I don’t recall reading any of these. Don’t think I read the paper much in these years. Schulz is still in top form here in my opinion. There are few books I laugh at more, or enjoy more thoroughly than these fine collections. Highly recommended!

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