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Title: Calvin and Hobbes
Credited to: Bill Watterson
Original Publication Date: 1987 collection, but the
(through a mention of Halley’s Comet) that it part of
it was published
in newspapers in 1986.
Cover Price: $10.95 US, $16.95 Can
Buy from: Amazon.com
Past comic reviews can be found here.
A young boy with a energy, imagination, and a stuffed
anything that people haven’t told him to do.
This is the first collection, starting with Calvin
“Hi Dad! It is now three in the morning. Do you
know where I am?”
Sunday strips are reproduced in black and white
instead of color.
This was one of the most original comic
strips I’ve ever
read. There’s a lot of intelligence and deep thought
you’d expect when you learn that the characters were
philosophers. Calvin is a believable child, who
lives in a remarkable
fantasy world, and has some great insights into the
world we live in.
Add to that some incredibly funny stuff, and you’ve
got one of the
greatest strips ever published. I give it 6 out of
The artwork is pretty good. There are
points you can
criticize, but the level of detail is impressive for
publication, where you have to worry about
reproduction quality from
most of your distributors. I give it 5 out of 6.
The stories aren’t always the one-shot gags,
into several weeks, such as the family vacation. The
often have plot in them, as well. For the medium,
impressive. I give it 5 out of 6.
The characterization is clear, taking a
matter of days or
weeks to give the reader a good feel for the major
Calvin, Hobbes, Calvin’s parents, Miss Wormwood,
Susie Derkins, and
Rosalyn the babysitter. I give it 5 out of 6.
The emotional response is excellent. This
strip rarely fails
to make me laugh. The test of relativity, his
fishing techniques, and
his avoidance of bath time are always classic. (This
snowmen.) I give it 6 out of 6.
The flow is generally good, disrupted only
by the occassional
Sunday strip that interrupts a storyline. I give it
5 out of 6.
Overall, this is a classic strip, for some
It’s a must own for anyone with a vague interest in
This is not only very entertaining, but it’s one of
influential strips that has ever been published, and
this is where it
all starts. I give it 6 out of 6.
In total, Calvin and Hobbes receives 38 out
Additional Notes and Comments
GrimSean was the only one who offered a preferred
sequence, so the
next comic review will be of Ultimate Spider-Man
#46 and the
entire Ultimate Six miniseries. After that,
catching up on Ultimate X-Men, Fantastic
Alias, and Exiles reviews, as well
Ultimate Spider-Man review. On Wednesday,
Hardcore ships again, so I should be able to
catch up on those