On the plus side, there weren’t any cartoons included in this collection that I had read before. Unfortunately, that meant most of them kinda sucked, since most of the really good Peanuts strips were published before 1974.
My tattered hardcover copy of Peanuts Classics was one of those books that helped me learn how to read, so I have a soft spot in my head for the strip. But let’s face it: Once you got to be older than ten or eleven, the series was rarely funny and never innovative. Mind you, it’s a marketing dream. It’s just not that great a comic strip.
Now the strips up until around ’74 had a certain elan; there were near serials in them with Snoopy’s journey to meet the Head Beagle, or going to the Moon, or the many battles with the Red Baron behind enemy lines. And Charlie Brown’s eternal struggles with the Kite-Eating Tree and his baseball team are all classics.
This collection has nothing but Snoopy-related strips, which is fine and dandy, but most aren’t even good sight gags, and the one serial-esque story is simply creepy. I’m not sure what was going through Sparky’s head when he wrote that one.
The other thing was the author’s info: “Charles Schulz is a legend”. Umm…yeah, sure. We KNOW that. You don’t have to shove it in our faces. We’ve seen the bloody lunchboxes and pencil sharpeners and whatnot; His CREATIONS are legend. You need to tone it down a bit. Those five words put me off from buying any more of these e-books. I’ll save up and get one of the Peanuts volumes that reprint the strip from the much more humble beginnings.