This volume features a number of tennis strips and several extended sequences involving Peppermint Patty's friend Marcie (including a riotous, rarely seen sequence in which Marcie's costume-making and hairstyling skills utterly spoil a skating competition for PP), so it seems only right that this volume's introduction should be served up by Schulz's longtime friend, tennis champion Billie Jean King.
The Latest in Canongate's higly collectible and highly praised series, with an introduction by Billy Jean King
* These timely re-issues illustrate not only the skill and subtle brilliance of his work but also the origins of the form beyond simple merriment Sunday Times * All sorts of important writers have marveled at the glorious simplicity of [Schulz's] draftsmanship and his unerring jokecraft, all underpinned by a quiet melancholy and stoicism ... by some miracle, the entire Peanuts oeuvre is gradually being republished in this country, by Canongate ... in lavishly appointed hardback ... Unlike almost everything you read as a child, they are actually better than you remember them Spectator * The world of Peanuts is a microcosm, a little human comedy for the innocent reader and for the sophisticated Umberto Eco * ...these timely re-issues illustrate not only the skill and subtle brilliance of his work but also the origins of the form beyond simple merriment. The List * The Complete Peanuts has framed Charles Schulz's enduring masterpiece about as well any lifelong fan could've hoped "The Best Comics of the '00s: The Archives", The A.V. Club * Beautifully designed ... One of the high-water marks of post-war popular culture Daily Telegraph
Charles M. Schulz was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1922 and grew up in Saint Paul. He gained a reputation worldwide as a cartoonist for his work on Peanuts. He died in 2000. Billie Jean King is a former professional tennis player from the United States. She was the winner of six Wimbledon singles championships and four U.S. Open titles and was ranked No. 1 in the world five times. Founder of the Women's Tennis Association and the Women's Sports Foundation, King is an advocate against sexism in sports and society. In 1973, she won 'The Battle of the Sexes', in which she defeated Bobby Riggs, a former Wimbledon men's singles championship.