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.
Miss Wormwood is Calvin’s Polka-dotted dress wearing teacher who is named after CS Lewis’s ‘The Screwtape letters’.
When Calvin gets into his Spaceman Spiff persona, She turns into a hideous alien of Zondarg species.
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”.
He is also a “six-year old who shaves” and a typical bully.
and he talks with a monosyllabic vocabulary.
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.
She is also the only character who often gets the best of Calvin in confrontations.
Both Susie and Calvin have a lot in common but hate to admit it.
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.
Rosalyn is Calvin’s babysitter and probably the only character whom Calvin really fears.
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.
The Last Calvin and Hobbes Comics Strip
The last comic strip of Calvin N Hobbes was published on December 31st, 1995.
“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.