From the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation:
July 5, 2018 marks the 60th birthday of legendary comic creator Bill Watterson. His iconic cartoon Calvin and Hobbes has entertained generations of readers, bringing the witty adventures and philosophical musings of a six-year-old boy and his stuffed tiger to newspapers around the world. To mark Watterson’s birthday, here are 60 facts you may not know about him.
#45 Fast Fact Check
One curious incident in the early publication of Calvin and Hobbes was that of the alternate strip. On November 28, 1985, only half of the syndicated newspapers published the original comic; the rest got an alternate strip. The original was never reprinted, whether in reruns, the first printed collection, the first treasury or even The Complete Calvin and Hobbes; all of these feature the alternate strip instead. The original strip is actually the first to feature Hobbes in the washing machine.
The strip directly below is the original
More facts about this never reprinted strip at The Calvin and Hobbes Wiki.
From the CBC article:
34. Stephan Pastis, the creator of the comic strip Pearls Before Swine convinced Watterson to come out of retirement in 2014. For one week, Watterson contributed new art for Pearls Before Swine.
#34 Fast Fact Check
Bill Watterson contributed new art for three daily comic strips, not “for one week”, for the six day story beginning here.