‘Peanuts’ Helped Save Fantagraphics Books

By: E&P Staff

Publishing “The Complete Peanuts” helped return Fantagraphics Books from the brink of going broke, according to an Associated Press article posted on the Seattle Post-Intelligencer’s Web site.

The now-healthy Seattle publisher has sold 110,000 copies of the first “Peanuts” volume (E&P, Jan. 12, 2004), which contains strips from the years 1950 to 1952. The fourth hardcover volume (E&P Online, June 22, 2005) is due out in October. It contains comics from 1957 and 1958.

Fantagraphics — which will also start publishing “Hank Ketcham’s Complete Dennis the Menace” next month (E&P Online, May 4, 2005) — is an independent company. A long friendship between its publisher, Gary Groth, and late “Peanuts” creator Charles Schulz helped Fantagraphics get the rights to reprint Schulz’s work.

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