The Complete Peanuts is an ambitious project: starting with his very first strips in 1950, the plan is to reissue the entire body of Charles Schulz iconic strip over a 12-year period, with a new book every six months covering two years worth of strips.
It goes without saying that the books themselves are beautiful: hardbound, lavishly illustrated, with interesting tidbits and interviews with current pop culture figures. They are obviously designed to look good sitting on your shelf. But that’s not what makes them so great. What makes them so great is watching the evolution of something that fully permeated our culture.