Bill Watterson and Calvin Hobbes
Bill Watterson and Calvin Hobbes

Calvin and Hobbes is the greatest comics ever and probably the most popular American comics in India. The Calvin and Hobbes comics was conceived by Bill Watterson when he was working in an advertising job which he abhorred. Many of his initial ideas were rejected till a syndicate responded to a strip which had a side character of a boy with a stuffed tiger. After another rejection the Universal Press Syndicate finally accepted it. Lee Salem, Bill’s editor at Universal recalled,

“I thought it was perhaps too ‘adult,’ too literate. When my then-8-year-old son remarked, ‘This is the Doonesbury for kids!’ I suspected we had something unusual on our hands.”

The First Calvin and Hobbes Comic Strip

The first strip appeared on November 18, 1985. Within a year of syndication, Calvin & Hobbes started appearing in over 250 newspapers.

First Calvin and Hobbes comic strip
First Calvin and Hobbes comic strip

Miss Wormwood

Miss Wormwood is Calvin’s Polka-dotted dress wearing teacher who is named after CS Lewis’s ‘The Screwtape letters’.

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When Calvin gets into his Spaceman Spiff persona, She turns into a hideous alien of Zondarg species.

Spaceman Spiff and Zondarg
Spaceman Spiff and Zondarg

Here is Calvin asking her for the adjournment of the class.

Moe : Calvin n Hobbes Bully

Watterson describes Moe as “every jerk I’ve ever known”.

Moe from Calvin and Hobbes
Moe from Calvin and Hobbes

He is also a “six-year old who shaves” and a typical bully.

Moe Calvin Train of Thoughts
Moe’s Train of Thoughts

and he talks with a monosyllabic vocabulary.

Calvin Trumps Moe
Calvin Trumps Moe

Susie Derkins

Susie is the only character in the strip to have both the first name and the last name. She is his classmate and lives on his street.

Susie Derkins lunch with Calvin
Susie Derkins lunch with Calvin

She is also the only character who often gets the best of Calvin in confrontations.

Susie passes Calvin a secret note
Susie passes Calvin a secret note

Both Susie and Calvin have a lot in common but hate to admit it.

susie derkins blackmails calvin
susie derkins blackmails calvin

Uncle Max

Uncle Max is probably the only character whom Calvin loves openly. He was introduced to increase the possibilities for the strip but Bill Watterson didn’t see it happening.

Uncle Max in calvin and Hobbes
Uncle Max in calvin and Hobbes

Rosalyn

Rosalyn is Calvin’s babysitter and probably the only character whom Calvin really fears.

stupendous man and rosalyn
stupendous man and rosalyn

Calvin’s Parents

Calvin’s parents remained unnamed throughout the strip. His father is a patent attorney just like Watterson’s father was and his mother is a stay-at-home mom. His father is also obsessed with building character and has few eccentricities of his own.

Calvins Parents
Calvin’s Parents
calvins mother
calvin’s mother

The Last Calvin and Hobbes Comics Strip

The last comic strip of Calvin N Hobbes was published on December 31st, 1995.

the last strip of Calvin and Hobbes

“Since its concluding panel in 1995, Calvin and Hobbes has remained one of the most influential and well-loved comic strips of our time.”

Years after it’s short and original run, the Calvin and Hobbes comics has continued to inspire and influence the generations in art and entertainment. Its popularity has transcended the cultural boundaries and it has a huge fan following all across the globe.

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