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25 Great Calvin and Hobbes Strips
Why Bill Watterson is our hero
compiled by Jon, Bill and Nick - September 7, 2004

Hundreds of comic strips have been published in newspapers. The majority are terrible, and almost all the rest are mediocre. There have been maybe four or five good comic strips in the history of the world. So saying that Calvin and Hobbes is the best comic strip ever doesn't really hold a lot of weight. And it's really a shame that it's so difficult to quantify this strip's greatness. I can confidently state that Calvin and Hobbes outclasses the rest of the comic strip world more than anything else has ever outclassed the rest of its medium. Sans this strip, the industry is characterized by guys sitting on rocks making stupid puns, a Family Circus kid misunderstanding the meaning of a word, or an overweight father playing golf while telling jokes such as I LIKE GOLF and GOLF IS HARD. It's a medium that doesn't really deserve something as good as Calvin and Hobbes, but it got it anyway, and the newspaper-reading world was made a better place by it. Calvin and Hobbes ran from 1985 to 1995. Bill Watterson drew thousands of strips, and while I wish like hell that he would come back and draw more, it's probably best to reflect and be thankful for what he's done. Below we have showcased, in no particular order, some of our favorite Calvin and Hobbes strips of all time. If you love them as much as we do, let us know if you think there are any that we should have included. And if you missed out, well, hopefully we can give you some idea of why Mr. Watterson is our hero.

"Virtue needs some cheaper thrills."

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Calvin's a grossly misbehaving child. Page 2 of 19 © Universal Press Syndicate Calvin is an unbelievably intelligent six-year-old.htm 9/3/2010 . and savage beast. he can't betray his nature. It's kind of refreshing to see a strip that doesn't feel the need to have an uplifting message. casual observer. This strip introduces their dynamic rather well. or feel like it needs to point out that it's mean to whack an innocent person upside the dome with a snowball. —Jon "He's one of the old gods! He demands sacrifice!" file://C:\Users\emanphu\Desktop\25 Great Calvin and Hobbes Strips. Hobbes is his tiger friend who plays the role of Jiminy Cricket. and no matter how he tries.25 Great Calvin and Hobbes Strips.

The school system is more of a test for being able to acquire knowledge than preparation for anything worthwhile. gothic tale of supernatural creation and destruction." © Universal Press Syndicate Pretty much the voice of Bill Watterson dictating the current state of our school systems.htm 9/3/2010 . Dead on if you ask me. for that matter). wedged between Gasoline Alley and Mark Trail. —Bill "You've taught me nothing except how to cynically manipulate the system. It serves as an example of what set C&H apart from other comics: It's not a simple set-up to a punchline in the last panel. but tonally it's a huge departure from other strips of the time (or of today. —Nick file://C:\Users\emanphu\Desktop\25 Great Calvin and Hobbes Strips. Not only that.25 Great Calvin and Hobbes Strips. I can only imagine the initial reaction across the country to a dark. but a whole and complete work that uses every inch of space. Page 3 of 19 © Universal Press Syndicate One of the top classic Calvin strips.

Page 4 of 19 "We prefer your extinction to the loss of our job. and this is definitely one of the more bizarre strips. Perhaps it stems from his disdain for humanity's willingness to stomp over nature to gain the extra dollar. Hobbes' bizarre reply is the icing on the cake." file://C:\Users\emanphu\Desktop\25 Great Calvin and Hobbes Strips. There are some subtleties in this strip that I like. such as the guy in the third panel doing the "end is nigh" pose and the futuristic spacecraft revealing an old-timey loudspeaker. You need a lobotomy.htm 9/3/2010 .25 Great Calvin and Hobbes Strips." © Universal Press Syndicate Calvin and Hobbes is sometimes at its best when it's bizarre. —Jon "It's psychosomatic. I'll get a saw.

In this story. Calvin invents a device which allows him to instantly duplicate himself. look at this.D. Some of the stories told in this strip last weeks.25 Great Calvin and Hobbes Strips. are funny enough when they're real. and this was one of them. M.htm 9/3/2010 . His intent is to create a file://C:\Users\emanphu\Desktop\25 Great Calvin and Hobbes Strips. Calvin and Hobbes stories are so great because they give the strip the opportunity to spin completely out of control. so Watterson didn't have to stretch too far for a parody. Calvin and Hobbes isn't particularly unique in this respect. the last ten years of "Funky Winkerbean" have chronicled him making his bed. why would anyone actually read this? Also. I mean. after all. —Bill "Scientific progress goes 'boink'?" © Universal Press Syndicate The Duplicator Story. that second panel is scary and I think Rex is driving so fast because his passenger has to hurry and get back to The Human League. Page 5 of 19 © Universal Press Syndicate The "realistic" art style and dramatic angles of comic strip soap operas like Rex Morgan. I wouldn't listen to two real people talk about whether to put their kid in day care.

" file://C:\Users\emanphu\Desktop\25 Great Calvin and Hobbes Strips. but hell unleashes when he realizes that the clone. It probably reaches its climax when Calvin's mom sees #4 glued to the television when he's supposed to be doing chores and yells. being exactly like him. "What are you doing watching TV?" #4 replies casually. is just as much of an asshole as he is. sometimes she's pretty cool. and they all cause chaos because they know that Calvin #1 will have to pay for it.25 Great Calvin and Hobbes Strips. Page 6 of 19 clone that will do all the hard work for him. are you taking a survey?" If I had responded like that to either of my parents when I was a kid.htm 9/3/2010 . they would have shot me in the kneecap. It's just about the best alibi a kid could have. "Why. this is where we got the name of this website from." © Universal Press Syndicate Probably the best approach a parent could take when their child asks of cigarettes. Calvin #2 manages to create Calvins #3-6. Needless to say. —Nick "Words fail me. Figures that she shits all over him at the same time. —Jon "For a mom. It's also the only strip where Calvin gets what he wants.

Page 7 of 19 © Universal Press Syndicate The Transmogrifier Story. file://C:\Users\emanphu\Desktop\25 Great Calvin and Hobbes Strips. The Transmogrifier. Or maybe the people who bought it too. of course. uh. especially for a comic that was not a specific commentary piece like Doonesbury or Bloom County. This is my favorite Transmogrifier strip. Watterson admitted in the Calvin and Hobbes 10th Anniversary collection that he had held quite an interest in art for many years. The Transmogrifier was composed of several strips. there are many people who would find the "artwork" in these two strips to be utterly brilliant and pay a ton of cash for them.25 Great Calvin and Hobbes Strips. and always had sort of a bemused fascination with the amount of bullshit people build around it. and was even made more efficient when held within the parameters of a squirt gun. —Nick "I notice your oeuvre is monochromatic. This was also the strip where I realized that all Calvin and Hobbes strips were written in allcaps. that is. hell. paraphrasing. The art." © Universal Press Syndicate © Universal Press Syndicate Also setting Calvin and Hobbes apart was how surprisingly literate it was.htm 9/3/2010 . I'm. I dunno. Then they'd melt. Ahhhhhh. Sad to say. because Calvin is adorable.

I was scared shitless of drowning. It was without doubt the worst experience of my entire life (and it's quite terrible to think that I had to suffer the worst experience of my life at the age of six). I hated getting up early every morning. I hated water.htm 9/3/2010 . first we're going to learn the 'Deadman's Float.25 Great Calvin and Hobbes Strips. The drive from my house to the pool was about half an hour. and as each one passed my wish that I was dead would grow more fervent. I memorized all the landmarks on the way. The first page I opened to was the beginning of the story of Calvin's experience with swimming lessons. This story reminds me that I've been able to relate to "Calvin and Hobbes" more than just about anything else in the world. I came across the first Calvin and Hobbes collection. After coming home on the second or third day. I honestly anticipated swimming lessons like one would anticipate a lethal injection. even if he were a drawing. I could at least take solace in the fact that my struggles were shared by someone else. —Jon "AIEEE!! THEY GOT FRANK!!" file://C:\Users\emanphu\Desktop\25 Great Calvin and Hobbes Strips. I hated the cold. It was incredibly spot-on. Page 8 of 19 —Bill "OK. I hated the peer pressure. my mom dragged me to swimming lessons all summer. No matter how horrible my day was.'" © Universal Press Syndicate When I was six years old (Calvin's age). I identified with it immediately.

Page 9 of 19 © Universal Press Syndicate It's hilarious to see Calvin take a huge shit on the hunting industry's favorite rationalization. Huge kudos to Bill Watterson for graphically murdering a guy in the funny papers. This is a prime example of the animal-loving influence that Hobbes has had on Calvin.25 Great Calvin and Hobbes Strips. —Jon "KaZAM!" file://C:\Users\emanphu\Desktop\25 Great Calvin and Hobbes Strips.htm 9/3/2010 .

the only people he ever sees are his parents.25 Great Calvin and Hobbes Strips.not just in comics. TV. Constantly feeling out of sync with the rest of the world. perhaps even without trying—that it was okay to be different.htm 9/3/2010 . I know that people of all ages enjoyed Calvin and Hobbes. Susie. Though numerous motivational posters and guidance councelors and after-school specials had said it again and again. The kind of kid most people would entirely ignore all through school is not generally the kind you make the star of your show. and no extracurricular activities. without being sappy. If you think about it. Rosalyn. etc. And he's fine with that. and yet the strip became hugely successful. who was intelligent and independent. it was nice to see someone like us. for all intents and purposes. and Moe. and this strip pretty much sums up what being a kid like Calvin is like. Going to school every day and seeing all the ways we didn't fit in. completely alone. it was Calvin who managed to truly express the idea—without being preachy. and didn't need to be a smile-plastered Mouseketeer to enjoy life. who he has a strained relationship with. The only person he ever has any real interaction with exists only in his head. He has no friends. but in anything. all of whom he detests and all of whom detest him. Calvin was really quite an anomaly in popular entertainment -. He is. but I have to think that it meant even more to those of us who grew up with him. be it movies. and Miss Wormwood. and thus retreating to the world you create for yourself in your mind. Page 10 of 19 © Universal Press Syndicate I always identified with Calvin as a child (I suppose you could say I still do). —Bill "Think BIG! Riches! Power! Pretend you could have ANYthing!" file://C:\Users\emanphu\Desktop\25 Great Calvin and Hobbes Strips.

Page 11 of 19 © Universal Press Syndicate This strip has become a personal philosophy for me the as of late. The difference is that those two were wellmeaning retarded kids." He called me a dingbat. and here he is just wantonly being an asshole. while the Red Sox held a small lead on their opponents. I used to watch every single Red Sox game with my father. he asked me "If you could have anything in the world. what would it be?" I answered." file://C:\Users\emanphu\Desktop\25 Great Calvin and Hobbes Strips. —Jon "His eye twitches involuntarily.25 Great Calvin and Hobbes Strips. "For the Red Sox to have a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the 6th. It's already been established that Calvin's a smart kid. —Nick " * " © Universal Press Syndicate This was possibly the first great Calvin and Hobbes strip. Before I moved to Virginia. To see a child genius sit there and nonchalantly bang the shit out of a coffee table is hilarious.htm 9/3/2010 . and one day. Childhood mischief had always been played out by assholes like Dennis the Menace and Jeffy from Family Circus.

25 Great Calvin and Hobbes Strips.htm 9/3/2010 . A shame that enjoying destruction is looked down on nowadays. in my developed opinion. it is fun. Really not much to say about it. what's not to like? —Bill "Do you believe in ghosts?" © Universal Press Syndicate This. since "fantasy violence" and "terrorist action" are so obviously one and the same. Stuff blowing up. is the funniest strip ever released. Which you could probably figure out. file://C:\Users\emanphu\Desktop\25 Great Calvin and Hobbes Strips. because hell. Or disagree with. Page 12 of 19 © Universal Press Syndicate Don't act like you never did this with your toys. Or BE AN IDIOT. except that it's funny.

25 Great Calvin and Hobbes Strips. The best part.." —Jon "I fold." © Universal Press Syndicate Takes a little bit to pick up on." © Universal Press Syndicate Probably Hobbes' greatest quote of all time. God's not going to help me. file://C:\Users\emanphu\Desktop\25 Great Calvin and Hobbes Strips. "Oh shit.htm 9/3/2010 . Page 13 of 19 —Nick "We're here to devour each other alive.. though. is probably Calvin staring contemplatively toward the heavens as if to say.

It really exhibits his depth as an artist. —Jon "Do you LIKE her??" file://C:\Users\emanphu\Desktop\25 Great Calvin and Hobbes Strips.htm 9/3/2010 ." © Universal Press Syndicate Just like every six-year-old kid. which is awesome. and the real-life storyline at the bottom being placed as an inset toward a panoramic rendering of the pterodactyl flying away is just perfect. Dinosaur strips were some of the most beautiful that Bill Watterson ever drew. and just like me. but in the spacing of his panels. he usually daydreamed about dinosaurs. He uses half the allotted space to draw Calvin as a pterodactyl. Sunday comics were just: TITLE PANEL > THROWAWAY JOKE > BUILDUP > BUILDUP > BUILDUP > BUILDUP > PUNCHLINE Watterson is the only newspaper cartoonist to ever convince me that he approaches his comic strip as a work of art and not just a bunch of joke boxes. Calvin daydreams a lot. not only in his ability to render things well. Page 14 of 19 —Nick "Denial.25 Great Calvin and Hobbes Strips. Before Calvin & Hobbes came around.

Hobbes' got all the good lines in C&H. which kicks ass. She's pretty much the girl that Calvin has a crush on but makes fun of as to remove any question of the fact. Page 15 of 19 © Universal Press Syndicate This is the first strip that mentions Susie Derkins." stuck with me for years and years as one of my favorites of all time.Hats... For some reason.htm 9/3/2010 . —Nick "You know what's the rage this year? . —Bill "XING" file://C:\Users\emanphu\Desktop\25 Great Calvin and Hobbes Strips. Try to work it into conversation at least once a day. the line "You know what's the rage this year? .25 Great Calvin and Hobbes Strips.. This strip also shows how much of a smart-ass Hobbes is. wacky at others." © Universal Press Syndicate Deadpan at some times.Hats..

Page 16 of 19 © Universal Press Syndicate pwned —Nick "Heeryor lunboks. in part because of the ridiculously wild story. I absolutely have to try this trick sometime." © Universal Press Syndicate I quote this strip more than almost anything else.htm 9/3/2010 . Hoffa gut tay askool. and in part because mispronunciation is hilarious. file://C:\Users\emanphu\Desktop\25 Great Calvin and Hobbes Strips. Just ask Nick. This is one of the funniest strips in history.25 Great Calvin and Hobbes Strips.

This one's positively touching. What makes it one of the great treasures of our culture is its ability to invoke emotions that you never thought you'd spend on a comic strip.But don't YOU go anywhere. and identify with it." The Raccoon Story. —Nick "." © Universal Press Syndicate The best Calvin and Hobbes strip to my memory. I think it speaks for itself.htm 9/3/2010 .. Page 17 of 19 —Jon "You squeeze my tears out. file://C:\Users\emanphu\Desktop\25 Great Calvin and Hobbes Strips.25 Great Calvin and Hobbes Strips. What makes Calvin & Hobbes the greatest ever is its ability to make you laugh your ass off..

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25 Great Calvin and Hobbes Strips.htm 9/3/2010 . Watterson. Jon Nick Bill Home Archives mailto:jon@progressiveboink. Mr.com / Archive mailto:bill@progressiveboink.com / Archive Forum About The Dugout file://C:\Users\emanphu\Desktop\25 Great Calvin and Hobbes Strips.com / Archive mailto:nick@progressiveboink. Page 19 of 19 © Universal Press Syndicate Thanks.

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