Calvin your parents aren’t dumb.
It took Batman awhile, also:“I’m Bru… Batman.”
Gotta figure out a better way to do things, Calvin! ;)
and yet superman gets away with it with a simple comb over
Some of the shorter superheroes need to use stools.Notice that Calvin’s phone still has a dial on it.
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These days kids have it even harder – your name/number displays when you’re calling.
Personally I was Steve Austin.(Never got the action figure though – sigh…)
We had a crank phone- had to crank it once to get the operator. We gave her the name of the person we were calling and she connected us. We were on a party line and heard all the rings and could call someone just by cranking their number- 3 longs and a short or what ever their ring was. I was in Jr Hi when the dial system was installed.
Why do you think Clark Kent worked for a newspaper?
The old style phones. Calvin’s Dad in an unspecified office job in the big city. All these things may date the strip- but it doesn’t matter; it still works better than a lot of current strips trying to make the humor ‘about’ new technology. Watterson was simply using the props that were needed, traditional and recognizable.
@ leftwingpatriot: “I’m Bru… Batman.” Or, more simply, “Bruteman.”
I know this is just a comic strip but do you ever wonder if Calvin is the way he is because his parents are the way they are?
@Marty241Hard to say. Watterson has said that he was not like Calvin when he was a little boy; he was a good student and hardly got into trouble. Plus, he didn’t have an imaginary friend — tiger or other specie.He has maintained a very close relationship with his parents. He and his father still paint landscapes together in the small town in Ohio that he was raised in.
Me (Calling my mother): Hi momMom: Who is this?Me: Mom, you only have one son. How many adult men are going to call you “Mom?”
@rekam: Today’s Calvin and Hobbes is from 1990, and dial phones were becoming quite rare by then. The Ziggy I posted above also has a dial phone (and a phone booth!) but it is from 1975.
I think Calvin’s dad is a patent attorney.
Calvin called his dad at work, but he was pretending to be a superhero. His dad said he would see him later and Calvin thought “boy, this superhero stuff is hard!”
That’s crap. Nobody in any of my family going back at least 4 generations.