Calvin and Hobbes 35th

November 18, 1985 saw…

…the introduction of one of the greatest comic strips of all time.

With 125 years of historic comic strips to choose from Calvin and Hobbes
makes almost everybody’s All-Time Top Ten list. And rightfully so.

Calvin and Hobbes‘s greatest triumph was its emotional complexity. Strips could simply be funny, sure, but more often than not, they also captured some elemental loneliness or struggle with maturity. The “story” of Calvin and Hobbes is about how scary the world seems when you’re 6 years old — but also how scary it seems when you’re 36 years old. Calvin’s longing for something else was just as resonant with the strip’s elderly fans as it was its childhood fans. –

Then after 10 years, and 25 years ago this month, came the front page news:

But Calvin and Hobbes remains in the memories, and in best selling books.

A couple years ago the CBC, honoring Bill Watterson’s 60th birthday, published 60 Facts about Calvin and Hobbes (not all of which are exactly true).

Celebrating the 35th anniversary Andrews McMeel is offering 25% off on Calvin and Hobbes products.

disclosure: The Daily Cartoonist is owned by Andrews McMeel

Of course if you get, or if you have, that COMPLETE Calvin and Hobbes you will want to reinforce it with the Bill Watterson’s RAREST page that contains stuff not included in the “complete” set.

So … Happy Calvin and Hobbes Day! And thanks Bill Watterson.

Calvin and Hobbes © Bill Watterson


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