Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson for November 20, 1987
Calvin: Spaceman Spiff flees the despicable scum beings of planet Q-13! In a surprise maneuver, our hero turns to face his adverasry! His hand tightens around the death ray trigger! It doesn't respond! Spiff reaches for the mertilizer beam, but it doesn't work either! Neither do the phospho bombs or the mordo blasters! Nothing is working!! 1812! Gettysburg! 16 fluid ounces! I before E! Thomas Edison! Teacher: Perhaps someone who has been paying attention can help out Calvin?