First Calvin and Hobbes Comic - by Bill Watterson for November 18, 1985


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    Robert Watson Premium Member almost 13 years ago

    Best first strip of a comic EVER

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    oscardelrio Premium Member over 12 years ago

    Hobbes is real! :-)

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    jimbo666  over 12 years ago


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    phubert28  over 11 years ago

    This SHOULD run in my local paper like “Classic Peanuts”! But, I told THEM I’d be willing to SUBSCRIBE to a custom comics page ONLY.

    Unfortunately, THIS service doesn’t offer some of my favorites (LuAnn for example)

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    PercyJacksonfan123  about 11 years ago

    Hey get me a 5 ton chocolate bar and no matter who you are, I will love you for ever

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    Ooops! Premium Member over 10 years ago

    Eeny, meeny, miny, moe Catch a tiger by the ….. foot?

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    sanju510  over 10 years ago

    ha ha.. :)

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    backtorob  over 10 years ago

    Calvin and Hobbes is so funny i choked on my meatballs while eating.

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    backtorob  over 10 years ago

    Hey don’t blame me blame the meatballs.

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    brekkyjuice  over 10 years ago

    it’s just as funny as the last ones

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    hobbsfriend  over 10 years ago

    hobbs,i thought you was smarter then that!

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    JasonFoxIsMyHero  over 10 years ago

    This is one of the best strips in the series. It’s a great way to introduce the character of Hobbes. Does anyone else notice that the drawing style change throughout the course of the series?

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    eriseed  over 10 years ago

    @jason: yeaaa..i didnt quite recognize calvin there at first.ha ha

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    Zirusko  about 10 years ago

    Alwaysed loved calvin :)

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    calvinhobbesrock4evr  about 10 years ago

    The first one!!!! C and H are really awesome but i prefer the way they look in later strips

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    marvee Premium Member about 10 years ago

    Dad looks pretty much the same, but Calvin doesn’t call him “Pop” anymore. Calvin was more of a stick figure in the beginning.

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    bmonk  about 10 years ago

    Silver Jubilee!

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    MelbourneHardstyle  almost 10 years ago

    It is neat to watch how the Characters quickly transform as the artist gets more accustomed to drawing them. I wonder if Bill ever looked back at his earlier sketches and went, “Wow, has that ever changed!”

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    comixmaster1000  almost 10 years ago

    This could compete with Lio for best opening comic strip ever. I LOVE YOU C+H!!!

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    drones12345  almost 10 years ago

    that is gust from the book! hello?

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    NumberofPain88  almost 10 years ago

    I have tons of C+H books, but I’ve never rread this one.

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    TracerBullet2  over 9 years ago

    You know, if I was Hobbes, I’d wait for a good chicken sandwich. Tuna, yuck. :P

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    mkilla  over 9 years ago

    I thought calvin wood be yanger then thes

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    Andrewheaney12  over 9 years ago

    this proves that hobbes aint a stuffed animal!

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    tanglebriar  over 9 years ago

    I have read almost all of the calvin and hobbes books and I love every single one of them!!!!

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    David Tomaselli Premium Member about 9 years ago

    I’ve always thought that Calvin&Hobbes is the best comic strip ever

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    squirrel500  almost 9 years ago

    Looks real different.

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    Starfollower777  almost 9 years ago

    Tigers do love fish and they feel more comfortable in water than any other wild cat, but I am pretty sure they do not have access to bread in any forms.

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    yow4zip Premium Member almost 9 years ago

    He got one!!

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    xall2h1  over 8 years ago

    A kid and his toy tiger. A formula for a great comic strip. Bill Watterson is a genius when it comes to comics. Want to read every one of them.

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    big NateRocks  over 8 years ago

    KID CATCHES TIGERgreat newspaper headline

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    Starfollower777  about 8 years ago

    Hm, this points to him being real. His parents don’t seem to know Hobbes at first and how else would he end up in the trap?

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    hobbes n kay  almost 8 years ago

    @calvinhobbesrock4evrthe username says it all. and i agree the later drawing style is better but not necessarily funnier.

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    xall2h1  over 7 years ago

    The first one! What I like about this comic is that their is never a bad one!

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    peachispie  over 7 years ago

    calvin and hobbes is the best comic EVER!!!! i also like big nate and lio too

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    SuperDavid  over 7 years ago

    Calvin looked cute long ago.. but not anymore

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    tubbytabby123  about 7 years ago

    how did, one, hobbes get up there if he’s calvin’s imagination. Two, how did he eat it?

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    dchur123  over 6 years ago

    And that’s how they meet! I think

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    MorganFreeman<3  over 6 years ago

    Hobbes says “we’re kinda stupid that way” because he fell for Calvin’s trap

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    JusSayin  over 6 years ago

    This is quite a pleasant surprise. I have no idea how I landed on this page, but maybe I’ll run through the entire collection here.

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    CorneliaM  over 6 years ago

    I want this to brighten my every day!

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    TheSontaran  about 6 years ago

    Bill Watterson said that he used this first strip to introduce Calvin with Hobbes, but later realized it wasn’t necessary. I’m glad for this first strip nonetheless.

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    liogirl1  about 6 years ago

    There are many fine comics out there, but there will never be another Calvin and Hobbes. I will forever love this comics.

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    VRAssassinCreed  about 6 years ago

    First C&H it all started here

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    Tdog123  about 6 years ago

    HAPPY 29th CALVIN! (and hobbes)

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    CalvinObvious  about 6 years ago

    Calvin and his pet tiger Hobbes are playing in Hangman in the backyard waiting for a visit from Uncle Max.

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    Stellagal  over 5 years ago

    This is the first time I’ve read C&H. It’s going to be a while before I get through the entire series. :D

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    Ticiethegreat  over 5 years ago

    Now I know what to do with all that tuna I have in my cupboard!

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    HARDSKULL9000  over 5 years ago

    this is so cool,the very first calvin and hobbes comic i gotta show my friends:) :) :)

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    bltnlady Premium Member over 5 years ago

    Classic American literature…it has it all.

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    light_song39  about 5 years ago

    I love C and H! I wasn’t even born when this comic started (born 1994). Thank you Bill Watterson for creating this great comic strip!

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    iheartcomix123  about 5 years ago

    Tigers will do anything for a tuna fish sandwich.The same way I will do anything for a five-pound Snickers bar.

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    Kathleen G.  about 5 years ago

    My son and I have always loved Calvin & Hobbes. My faverate is Exploring.

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    Kathleen G.  about 5 years ago

    Calvin can catch me anytime with a tuna fish sandwich.

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    BNF_OFFICIAL789  about 5 years ago

    i have every calvin and hobbes books in the world! well…. i think i have a lot tho :D saying this in 2015 nov 12 i still love it

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    ChrisRJ  about 5 years ago

    Happy 30th, Calvin & Hobbes!!!

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    weatherford.joe Premium Member about 5 years ago

    Here’s to 30 years.

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    Vara Lord  about 5 years ago

    “This was the first Calvin and Hobbes strip, published November 18, 1985. At the time, I thought it was important to establish how Calvin and Hobbes got together, but now I think this was unnecessary. Of course, when Calvin and Hobbes started, it appeared in about thirty-five newspapers, so not many people saw the first strip anyway. My hometown paper didn’t pick up the strip for several months, so I didn’t see this strip in the newspaper either. This is one reason I’ve been grateful for the book collections.”

    Bill Watterson

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    TheSaunders2007  almost 5 years ago

    stop yapping

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    carterwrd553  over 4 years ago

    Someone has no imagination.

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    KatTheKitty  over 4 years ago

    Calvin and Hobbes had me thinking, I’d never heard of it and then I found this book in my house. 15 minutes later: I was a diehard fan.

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    Last Rose Of Summer  over 4 years ago

    Purple prncess of Puns Party

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    Anaconda Rice

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    Last Rose Of Summer  over 4 years ago

    For all you actors out there RKOreo ice cream

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    Last Rose Of Summer  over 4 years ago

    a mug for your morning coffee

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    Last Rose Of Summer  over 4 years ago

    We olive don’t know what we’d do without you!

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    BoomTollStinkBomb  over 4 years ago

    Three debuts in one strip.

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    Church1738  over 4 years ago

    92nd comment

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    Jaydowg  over 4 years ago

    Calvin calls his dad ’dad! Not ’ pop ’

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    rentier  over 4 years ago

    Never again I’ll give back this tiger!!!

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    『▶Ͼняιѕтoρнєя◀』  over 4 years ago

    Frame 1 — A legend is born

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    xC0M1C_CR4Z3x  about 4 years ago

    Too bad Bill has passed on…

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    MacBoi  about 4 years ago

    This comic strip is AWESOME. I think EVERYONE should read it!!!!

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    kenyonpascual  about 4 years ago

    C and H. it helps to brighten up my day. wat to go, Bill.

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    xblorg82  about 4 years ago

    Happy 31!

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    Professor W  almost 4 years ago

    Yeah, tuna fish has stupidity radiations attracting tigers

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    Comics   almost 4 years ago

    Hobbes really?

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    Proud to be a Geek  over 3 years ago

    Calvin and Hobbes is possibly the most imaginative comic and one of my favorites and I recommend it. I still think peanuts is the greatest comic strip of all time

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    DanWolfie  over 3 years ago

    This strip debuted the same day Mr. Snuffleupagus was finally revealed to the adult cast of “Sesame Street!” It’s neat that both share the milestone, and both involve “imaginary friends.”

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    This aint a comic its just a pic im testing plz tell me if it works!! Thx!

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    ootey  over 3 years ago

    Hey comment 115 – read this comic strip thru from kinda stupid to exploring a few times. Best strip for art and originality and consistency. Welcome to the great journey to all readers new and old. Let’s go!

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    Doug Taylor Premium Member about 3 years ago

    Thanks to today’s strip (September 25, 2017) a lot of people are remembering how Hobbes came to be.

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    Comicclone2000  about 3 years ago

    1st comic of Calvin and Hobbes!

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    Bashurman  almost 3 years ago

    I really love Calvin and Hobbes! I think they should possibly make a movie!! 1st Comic also!!

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    kassieichill_907  almost 3 years ago

    i love this series it’s funny and awesome

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    MicahEpIcMAN  almost 3 years ago

    Do Tigers REALLY like tuna?

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    PowermasterUltraPrime  over 2 years ago

    So this is where it all began

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    HobbesForPresident  over 2 years ago

    Today Calvin Is 40 years old and his dad is a grandpa. I wonder how his children are doing…

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    Ryan Winslow  over 2 years ago

    Calvin and Hobbes are born.

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    HerokidPlayz  over 2 years ago

    here is where my childhood begins, ladies and gentlemen.

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    QuintonWiebe  over 2 years ago

    Calvin and hobbies r the best!!!!

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    eyelikevidyogame  over 2 years ago

    Awesome! My dad has all of the books! First strip!

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    SCP_Foundation  over 2 years ago

    This is it! The beginning of the greatest comic series of all time!

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    32376  about 2 years ago

    we’re kind of stupid that way

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    jacob.c.bair  about 2 years ago

    140 comments 130 likes and 495 added to peoples saved comics wow… im the 141 to comment on this strip

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    PresleyCerda  almost 2 years ago

    The beginning

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    500 pins!

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    Jeff Dawg!  almost 2 years ago

    First one

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    bluram  over 1 year ago

    Talk about stupid have you ever seen the way Groucho Marx walks?

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    Chloe T  about 1 year ago

    This is 34 years old now

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    Big Jack: Second Class  12 months ago

    Calvin doesn’t look that different!

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    chbn✔️  12 months ago

    I love the way Calvin looks in the second panel.

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    katevante  11 months ago

    I came here after watching “Dear Mr Watterson” and remembering just how much I loved reading Calvin & Hobbes as a kid. I used to read them to my younger brother complete with sound effects. I cherish those memories with my all.

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    OmarHernandezPicasso  10 months ago

    funny haha!

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    CrossDoggo™ ✔️  10 months ago

    Calvin looks so cute! :D

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    SpacemanSpiff Premium Member 8 months ago

    Unlike some first strips, this ones actually pretty good

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    the dumb nerd(anti poll)  7 months ago

    Just a warning for all the people who are out there that are going to read all ten years of the comics, a lot of them are out of order so I would recommend getting the comet Calvin and Hobbes books

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    DiotheClasher  7 months ago

    Me better cat me go brrrr

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    Boxo croco wishes you a merry Christmas  6 months ago

    And a legend begins

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    alie.morgan  6 months ago

    I have read almost all the books and I love every single one of them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Comicgeek  4 months ago

    This is the start of a legend period

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    sagurufan  3 months ago

    é mesmo o primeiro de todos os tempos! calvin e haroldo!

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    Yourmomma  3 months ago

    Calvins 50

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    mendedpunk333  3 months ago

    90% of 2020 people be like: wHoś heRe iN 2020? liKe mY coMment iF yOu aRe!!!2021people: bruh

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    liamtozer7  about 2 months ago

    Tigers are pretty dum tho!!!

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    GabrielReiss  about 2 months ago

    This is where it all started…

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    Caedmon The Great  26 days ago

    By far one of my favorite Calvin & Hobbes strips

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