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A new book in the series is released every six months and each contains two years of strips except for the first volume which includes strips from 1950 to 1952, just under three months longer. Publication of the series will be completed in 2016.
The first book in the series was published in April 2004, and quickly topped the New York Times Best Seller List.
Besides Schulz's work, each book contains an introduction by an influential individual (often one with a connection to Schulz), an index of themes and characters, additional art by designer Seth based on a specific Peanuts panel, and a biography of Schulz written by series editor Gary Groth. In addition, the first volume contains an interview with Schulz conducted by Groth, and an extended biography.
For the hardback edition, the front of each book has a picture of one of the Peanuts characters designed by Canadian indie cartoonist Seth Fisher. Paperback editions began publication in 2013 and have comic strips on the front.
Previous to The Complete Peanuts, many Peanuts reprint books had been released by various publishers.
Sunday strips are reprinted alongside dailies in black and white and on a relatively small page. To address these problems, Fantagraphics began releasing Peanuts Every Sunday in 2014. Each volume has five years' worth of Sunday strips in color on a coffee table-sized page. Ten volumes will complete all of the Sunday strips.
Volume 25 includes the entirety of Lil' Folks and a bonus twenty-sixth was announced in 2015 which includes sketches, interviews, and other material.
Hard cover boxed sets
All of the volumes are also being released in boxed sets of two, housed in a specially designed slipcase that has a montage of characters' faces on either side. The individual boxes themselves are also available so you can package books that you've purchased.
|Title||ISBN||Release date||Center character|
|The Complete Peanuts: 1950 to 1954||1-56097-632-2||October 2004||Charlie Brown (Volume 1 cover)|
|The Complete Peanuts: 1955 to 1958||1-56097-687-X||November 2005||Snoopy (Volume 4 cover)|
|The Complete Peanuts: 1959 to 1962||1-56097-774-4||October 2006||Lucy van Pelt|
|The Complete Peanuts: 1963 to 1966||1-56097-868-6||September 2007||Linus van Pelt (Volume 7 cover)|
|The Complete Peanuts: 1967 to 1970||1-56097-948-8||October 2008||Snoopy (as the World War I Flying Ace) (Volume 10 cover)|
|The Complete Peanuts: 1971 to 1974||1-60699-287-2||September 2009||Woodstock (Volume 12 cover)|
|The Complete Peanuts: 1975 to 1978||1-60699-376-3||September 2010||Peppermint Patty (Volume 14 cover)|
|The Complete Peanuts: 1979 to 1982||1-60699-472-7||August 2011||Schroeder|
|The Complete Peanuts: 1983 to 1986||1-60699-573-1||August 2012||Spike (Volume 18 cover)|
|The Complete Peanuts: 1987 to 1990||1-60699-681-9||October 2013||Sally Brown|
|The Complete Peanuts: 1991 to 1994||1-60699-774-2||November 2014||Woodstock's bird friends|
|The Complete Peanuts: 1995 to 1998||1-60699-861-7||September 2015||Lucy van Pelt|
In 2013, Fantagraphics started releasing softcover editions of The Complete Peanuts with the same material as the hardcovers but different cover artwork. These covers feature a strip in focus, with three panels on the front. The first volume omits some small drawings that accompanied the essays and the interview has been deleted.
Soft cover boxed sets
The softcover editions also come in boxed sets of two. The slip covers feature a strip wrapped around it, with two panels on the front and two on the back.
Peanuts Every Sunday
Peanuts Every Sunday is a series featuring the Peanuts Sunday strips in full color. These books, unlike the Complete Peanuts series, are scheduled to be released one every year, in ten volumes covering half a decade each [except the first book (1952–55)]. Slip-cased sets will also be available.
|Title||ISBN||Release date||Character(s) in focus||Pages|
|Peanuts Every Sunday: 1952 to 1955||1-60699-692-4||December 2013||Charlie Brown||288|
|Peanuts Every Sunday: 1956 to 1960||1-60699-794-7||November 2014||Lucy van Pelt||272|
|Peanuts Every Sunday: 1961 to 1965||1-60699-872-2||November 2015||Charlie Brown and Snoopy||288|