Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson

Calvin and Hobbes

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  1. Harryfan

    Harryfan said, over 4 years ago

    The cows left when they saw the tiger. Oh, and if you must know, the tiger scared the crap out of them….as Calvin found out.

  2. Number Six

    Number Six said, over 4 years ago

    I wish Mr Watterson would keep his dirty jokes to himself.

  3. LX013

    LX013 GoComics PRO Member said, over 4 years ago

    Certainly you don’t know what future will bring, but to prepare a bath will not be the badest in Calvins situation!

  4. Veridian

    Veridian said, over 4 years ago


    Well Said! and that wasn’t a Spring Shower fallin on all the Flat Rocks in that Pasture Neither! :-)

  5. Hobbes

    Hobbes GoComics PRO Member said, over 4 years ago

    Today’s strip reminds me of Charlie Brown and Patty, a few months after Peanuts began:

    Click here: Peanuts (1951)

    Peanuts (1951)

    Here is Snoopy teaching Woodstock a lesson similar to the one that Calvin has learned these past two weeks:

    Click here: Peanuts (1978)

    Peanuts (1978)

    And here is Linus predicting the future for Snoopy:

    Click here: Peanuts (1988)

    Peanuts (1988)

  6. Hobbes

    Hobbes GoComics PRO Member said, over 4 years ago

    Now compare the heights of the three Peanuts strips with each other, and with today’s Calvin and Hobbes strip, which is taller than any of them:

    Calvin and Hobbes (1992)

    The oldest Peanuts strip has very little height, consisting of four horizontal rectangles. Charles Schulz had to fit his characters into this tiny space for the first 25 years of Peanuts (1950-1975). That’s why he drew them with such large heads compared to their bodies. The heads became smaller with time but were always oversized, as is Calvin’s.

    Peanuts (1951)

    Calvin and Hobbes never would have worked in this format with characters as tall as Calvin’s parents and the non-stuffed Hobbes, with Bill Watterson’s more elaborate backgrounds, and with his more extensive use of text.

    The second Peanuts strip is taller, consisting of four squares rather than rectangles. Schulz had this larger amount of space for 13 years (1975-1988).

    The third Peanuts strip is even taller, consisting of three squares. Schulz had this tall format for his final 12 years (1988-2000), which overlapped many of the years of Calvin and Hobbes (1985-1995).

    Schulz and Watterson were also allowed to vary the number of panels during those years, which allowed both of them a lot of additional creativity:

    Click here: Peanuts (1996)

    Peanuts (1996)

    Click here: Calvin and Hobbes (1991)

    Calvin and Hobbes (1991)

    Click here: Peanuts (April 1989)

    Peanuts (April 1989)

    Click here: Calvin and Hobbes (September 1989)

    Calvin and Hobbes (September 1989)

    Note that the last two strips, with similar themes, were published only five months apart.

  7. GROG!

    GROG! GoComics PRO Member said, over 4 years ago

    I believe I predicted the bath much earlier in the arc.

  8. orinoco womble

    orinoco womble said, over 4 years ago

    Oh, Ok…for a minute there I thought Calvin was just embracing the moment…and the mud. Didn’t realise it wasn’t exactly voluntary.

  9. JohnnyDiego

    JohnnyDiego said, over 4 years ago

    Calvin, the future has got you right by the gonads.

    You can’t avoid it and you can’t change it.

  10. mkdonly1

    mkdonly1 said, over 4 years ago


    Thanks for the history this morning. Are you published in book form? (This is a serious question, please.)

  11. davidf42

    davidf42 said, over 4 years ago

    For those of you who haven’t seen it yet, Bill Watterson is a character in the current story in Lost Side of Suburbia. The current chapter, “Bill,” began on April 4, Bill himself was first seen on April 18, and Hobbes appeared yesterday.

  12. JGordonFan24

    JGordonFan24 said, over 4 years ago

    The future is in God’s hands. No one can change it.

  13. frugalnotcheap

    frugalnotcheap said, over 4 years ago

    @Number Six

    Very Good: I’m only half way thru my first mug of coffee – It only took me a minute.

  14. FocusFuture

    FocusFuture said, over 4 years ago

    Thank you Hobbes for the analysis.

  15. Raygun

    Raygun said, over 4 years ago

    There is no past or future “time” – only now. But we can remember the past and imagine tomorrow. And we, as humans, tend to see time as a flowing river. “NOW” = NO FATE. We make it up as we go – free will! I’m surprised Calvin didn’t get that :^)

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