Sunday’s Fun Day, Charlie Brown is a Titan Comics facsimile edition of the 12th Peanuts paperback book of the beloved Peanuts comics created by Charles M. Schulz. It collects 126 Sunday Peanuts newspaper strips that first appeared in newspapers worldwide between 1962 and 1965.
Sunday’s Fun Day, Charlie Brown contains over 100 pages of uplifting and nostalgic Peanuts comic strips featuring many of your favorite characters, including Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Schroeder, Linus, Susan Brown, and Shermy. This is a wonderful glimpse into the career of one of the world’s most influential cartoonists of all time, witnessing his creation come to life more and more as the pages turn.
While hardcover collections of “The Complete Peanuts” exist, Titan’s facsimile edition does a wonderful job of showcasing some of the era’s top strips. So many cute moments are contained in these pages that it is hard to name them all. We see the kite-eating tree, Beethoven on Schroeder’s toy piano, and Snoopy showing us that happiness is simply catching a snowflake on your tongue (while your dog house gets snowed in).
Growing up, my first introduction into the world of comics was when I would steal the Sunday funny papers from my father, not like he needed them anyways. It was there that I was first introduced to so many of the world’s most popular comics, but one always stood out, and that was Peanuts.
I could relate so much to Charlie Brown, and often I would match my friends to Charlie Brown’s, which is a testament to Schulz’s ability to infuse his characters with heart and soul. Over the span of his career, he not only wrote convincing, thought-provoking, and heart-warming strips, but the way in which he wrote his characters made them so real. Peanuts taught me and millions of other children compassion, friendship, and how to handle real life. It’s uncanny how many moments I can still relate to in the pages of Sunday’s Fun Day, Charlie Brown.
Something I have always maintained as a lifelong Peanuts fan was the awareness of how Schulz’s work never stopped growing and improving. Even with this book alone, the art becomes more aesthetic, with dynamic backgrounds instead of the earlier years of simple comic strips. While the comfort-food side of Peanuts remains, I would be remiss if I did not mention the soft yet elegant panels of snow days, sports, or Charlie Brown and Sally gazing into the starry night sky.
His lettering was also something to be admired. As I mentioned before, Peanuts’ simplicity allows for stories to be delivered regardless of if the panels are cramped with dialogue or devoid of interactions. The letters float harmoniously on the page and bolden when necessary to pack the emotional punch intended.
Sunday’s Fun Day, Charlie Brown is the perfect example of why these beloved characters have lived on in the hearts of millions for as long as they have. It makes me proud to see the legacy of Peanuts be reprinted so that the joyful stories Schulz crafted can be shared for generations to come. I can’t recommend Peanuts enough, and to those who don’t believe its impact, I guarantee you will emerge a different, happier reader after this book.
Sunday’s Fun Day, Charlie Brown is available now wherever comics are sold.