Calvin and Hobbes

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Sample art from the strip.

Calvin and Hobbes was a comic strip created by Bill Watterson. That was syndicated from 1985-11-18 - 1995-12-31. The strip was about an overly-creative boy named Calvin and his stuffed tiger Hobbes. The strip's gimmick was that Calvin sees Hobbes as a real-life tiger and Hobbes is always drawn in a different style when the two are alone. Although the strip is humorous in nature, it has a variety of deeper messages including environmentalism, parenting, the public education system, death, and religion.


My mother introduced me to Calvin and Hobbes when I was around seven-years-old, and, after seeing that I loved the strip, bought me a copy of Something Under the Bed is Drooling. From there, I would continue to read the comic in the newspaper, and she would buy me a new book every so often. I really grew to love the strip and it became my favorite for the entire time it was published. Many of Watterson's strips really resonate with me at an emotional level. I was very upset when I learned that Watterson retired the strip.


Bill Watterson was very firm in the fact that he wanted Calvin and Hobbes to exist solely as a comic strip, so there aren't any other forms of licensed media for the strip other than the strip itself, now catalogued in book form.

Comic Books

Released Title Own Notes
1987-04 Calvin and Hobbes
1988-04 Something Under the Bed Is Drooling Yes
1988-09 The Essential Calvin and Hobbes: A Calvin and Hobbes Treasury Yes Compilation.
1989-03 Yukon Ho!
1989-09 The Calvin and Hobbes Lazy Sunday Book: A Collection of Sunday Calvin and Hobbes Cartoons Sunday strips only.
1990-03 Weirdos From Another Planet!
1990-10 The Authoritative Calvin and Hobbes: A Calvin and Hobbes Treasury Yes Compilation.
1991-04 The Revenge of the Baby-Sat
1991-10 Scientific Progress Goes "Boink"
1992-04 Attack of the Deranged Mutant Killer Monster Snow Goons Yes
1992-10 The Indispensable Calvin and Hobbes: A Calvin and Hobbes Treasury Yes Compilation.
1993-10 The Days Are Just Packed Yes
1994-10 Homicidal Psycho Jungle Cat
1995-10 The Calvin and Hobbes Tenth Anniversary Book Yes Strips annotated by Watterson.
1996-03 There's Treasure Everywhere Yes
1996-10 It's a Magical World Yes
2001-09 Calvin and Hobbes: Sunday Pages, 1985-1995 Sunday strips only.
2005-10 The Complete Calvin and Hobbes Yes Compilation.

Other Books

Released Title Own Notes
1993-??-?? Teaching with Calvin and Hobbes Lesson plans by teachers using the strip for education.
2009-10-01 Looking for Calvin and Hobbes: The Unconventional Story of Bill Watterson and His Revolutionary Comic Strip Non-fiction about the strip and Bill Watterson.
2015-03-10 Exploring Calvin and Hobbes: An Exhibition Catalogue Commentary by Watterson about the art exhibit.




Fan Art


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