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A comic strip by Bill Watterson that featured Calvin, a young boy, and his stuffed tiger Hobbes who he imagined came to life. This ran in newspapers from 1985 to 1995.

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1 Never Boned Still rocks.
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2 Stickers of Calvin peeing He is peeing on EVERYTHING!
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3 mid 1990s Bill Watterson's mood swings
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4 Day 1 Sucked from the start.
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1 I loved Calvin's dad and the regular load of BS he convinced Calvin was real. My favorite was actually something my own father told me when I was very young and believed for years: "Why are all our old family pictures in black and white?" "That's because color wasn't invented until 1950, son. Grass wasn't green, it was gray. There was no such thing as blue or yellow or red. The world was very drab back then and people everywhere rejoiced when color was invented." God Bless Bill Watterson for drawing the strip as long as he did! -- Submitted By: (jmac9909) on January 14, 2014, 5:53 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
2 Infyrin - To be fair to Jim Davis - Garfield was conceived as a marketing machine from the start. The intention was to create a cartoon character that could be marketed/licensed in every way imaginable, and it succeeded. -- Submitted By: (Eugene) on January 13, 2014, 11:50 am - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
3 I am glad that Calvin and Hobbes never went the route Garfield did. I mean, big props for Watterson by not giving in to commercialsm. Because, look at what happened to the likes of Garfield for example. All that merchandising and licensing revolving around a one trick pony. It was all just stale and downhill the more years Garfield slugged through. The only thing Calvin and Hobbes had related to with merchandise, though unofficially, was that calvin pissing sticker. Who made that? It just got tiring to see and really boned itself just as much as you saw the Monster logo and the Fox logo. It just became a part of some "EXTREME!!" lifestyle some people think they possess. I used to read and like the Calvin and Hobbes strips because Watterson captured the essence of what kids was like. The imaginations Calvin had, you could relate to that somepoint in your life when you were a kid. The not liking school/homework. Meeting girls like Susie. Problem child with parents. It just went on and on and had such a charm. Shame it's been gone from seeing new material for so many years but again like others said. Rather it go out on it's peak than deteriorate like Garfield has. -- Submitted By: (Infyrin) on January 10, 2014, 5:14 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
4 Never boned. I was gutted when C&H came to an end, but I guess Watterson did the right thing in bowing out while he was ahead. I mean, there are only so many jokes/gags one can do involving a 6-year-old boy with an overactive imagination regarding school, home, whatever before it gets stale. -- Submitted By: (BigAl) on October 21, 2010, 1:28 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
5 Robert: I think the rationale behind the "Calvin praying" bumper stickers is to convey a message along the lines of "If Calvin can reform, then ANYONE can." -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on May 5, 2010, 7:41 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
6 I still remember Calvin's troubles with Moe. "Never argue with a six-year-old who shaves". In a way, I want there to be new C&H strips due to the pleasure I derived from reading them, yet at the same time I'm happy with Watterson quitting while he was ahead. -- Submitted By: (ScottyB) on May 3, 2010, 8:35 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
7 Never boned. Sure, I'd love new strips, but I'd rather it end on top than on a decline, and it did indeed end on top. Look at other cartoons like Garfield and you see recycled story lines that are growing stale. The great thing about Watterson's strip is you can read it today and it's just as fresh as it was twenty years ago. The story lines don't age and neither do the characters. Calvin, Hobbes, Susie, his parents, Moe, the babysitter and Miss Wormwood never lost their charm all 10 years of the strip. It's hard to say that with most comics. Bill Watterson's mood swings towards the end got a bit annoying, especially in the 10 Year Anniversary Book, which had more complaining than I cared for, but I didn't see it bleed into the strips. They stayed intelligent, hilarious and enjoyable. Today the comic page is pretty much a wasteland except for the occasional Fox Trot or Peanuts rerun. Blondie, Dennis the Menace, Gasoline Alley, Garfield and the insufferable Family Circus are all showing their age. It's too bad there aren't any new cartoons to step up and take their spot. In fact, one could say Calvin and Hobbes leaving back in 1996 is when the comic page in general boned the fish. -- Submitted By: (kingbk) on May 3, 2010, 5:19 pm - (3 votes) - Login to Vote
8 You know, speaking of the Calvin pissing stickers, I saw a different kind of sticker: Calvin praying to a cross. Why, of all people to have praying before a cross, would anyone choose Calvin? Anyone who's read the comic strip would know he's a devil. -- Submitted By: (Robert) on April 15, 2010, 7:34 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
9 Chubby Rain, I sure hope that trend died. -- Submitted By: (MCS) on March 20, 2010, 9:56 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
10 Blame rednecks for that. Seemed like an awful lot were of Calvin sporting whatever the person's favorite car brand (Chevy or Ford), or driver's number (2, 3, 24, etc.) taking a leak on its rival. -- Submitted By: (PYLrulz) on March 17, 2010, 8:34 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
11 I have the book "Attack of the Deranged Mutant Killer Monster Snow Goons". He always made such weird snowmen. I always wished his parents were more supportive of his creativity rather than being grossed out by weird snowmen. On another note, if the peeing sticker fad has died off, GOOD RIDDANCE. Please, drive a wooden stake through its heart so it doesn't come back to life. -- Submitted By: (Robert) on March 17, 2010, 7:13 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
12 Just looked at a C&H book and the comics are still a riot. The snowmen strips are classic!! -- Submitted By: (MSmith) on November 27, 2009, 10:59 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
13 Chubby - My guess is that C & H is slipping a bit from the public conciousness after not being in the papers for 14 years. I haven't seen too many of the stickers lately, and that's just fine with me. As for the marvelous work of Bill Watterson, in my home it's working its magic on a new generation (in book form). -- Submitted By: (Eugene) on October 13, 2009, 5:59 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
14 Ive seen Less Calvin pissing on things stickers lately- has the trend died a merciful death? -- Submitted By: (Chubby Rain) on October 11, 2009, 5:58 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
15 Calvin and Hobbes is my favourite comic strip, that I used to read in the paper everyday. Never Boned! -- Submitted By: (chrisisaaaaaaaa) on August 25, 2009, 9:08 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
16 It will take more than pissing Calvin stickers to make me stop liking Calvin and Hobbes. In terms of greatest comic strip ever, I agree that it's second only to Peanuts. -- Submitted By: (Robert) on August 10, 2009, 11:52 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
17 Calvin and Hobbes still rocks and always will. It's not fair to blame the strip for the bootleg "Calvin pissing on things images! Although I must admit that I like the one where Calvin is pissing on Osama bin Laden. Anyway, if you fall under the category of having your perception of the strip forever altered by the images of Calvin letting the whizz fly on various objects (which I understand, even though I don't fall under that category myself), then you need to place the blame where it belongs: On Bill Watterson's implacable inflexibility regarding merchandising. I respect his feelings about not wanting to dilute the strip's image, but his hard-line "just say no" stance only contributed to the market for bootleg images. Yes, there would have been bootlegs even with licensed merchandise, but Watterson's inflexibility only served to egg on the bootleggers. However, IMO, that's not enough to make the comic strip bone the fish. Calvin and Hobbes and their world still rock, and in quitting when he did, Watterson made sure it would stay that way. -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on August 10, 2009, 6:12 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
18 How are the pissing stickers even a reason? I mean seriously, come on. They're not official, they never will be, and Bill Waterson hates them. It's like saying Sonic jumped when David Gonterman started writing awful fanfiction. -- Submitted By: (RaggedDruid) on August 9, 2009, 12:58 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
19 Easily ranks among the five greatest comic strips of all time. I'd even place it at #2, second only to Peanuts. -- Submitted By: (ScottyB) on July 31, 2009, 4:44 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
20 While I miss getting fresh doses of first run Calvin and Hobbes, I'm still glad that Bill Watterson quit at peak form. I'm equally glad that he fought and won the battle to minimize the "merchandising" of his characters. The result is that when I think of Calvin and Hobbes, I think of ten years of stellar cartooning that still hold up well more than twenty years later. I think that beats the perception of those ten years being tainted by years of decline, or seeing his unique characters being used to peddle bedsheets or sugared cereal. Watterson likely turned down multiple millions by not taking the more conventional route with his creations, and I salute him for it. I have the complete works in book form, and they're already working their magic on the next generation (who resembles Calvin in a number of ways...!) -- Submitted By: (Eugene) on July 27, 2009, 6:57 am - (1 votes) - Login to Vote

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