February 07, 2019
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I feel bad for all those people in the old portraits that didn’t get a chance to see what they would look like in color.
It all makes sense now! I CAN DIE HAPPY.
Next thing you know, Dad is telling Calvin that the Earth is flat or something like that.
So, if that’s the case, why does so many old literature mention color such as red and blue?
And does that mean the world would’ve been monochrome even before humans evolved?
oh, Mom in the second panel asking for a little domestic violence, huh?
Dad is always ready to educate his son.
Ever feel like the world still isn’t colorful enough?
I like dad’s sense of humor
One day Dad, POW, right in the kisser.
Actually, there IS no color in nature at all. Our brains assign a color to an object that we percieve as having that color. Simple!!
That’s a good way, Hobbes!!
I recall that Calvin’s dad also explained sunsets to him in this way. I tried this sort of “science” with my daughter to explain rainbows. Too smart to even buy it for a second, she just rolled her eyes at me and googled it!
Oh yes, in this way world and life is much easier!
Calvin’s father was making “dad jokes” before “dad jokes” were cool.;-D
This explains so much about Calvin . . . .
His Dad has a LOT to answer for.
Truth is sometimes stranger than fiction.
Some of the best C&H strips were of dad’s tall tales. He had game.
But Mom is going to kick his tuchus. Go inside, grab her around the waist and plead with her to come outside and watch the sunset with you. Numbskull.
Calvin’s mom needs to kick her husband a little harder. He’s making Calvin crazier by the day.
Hobb’s has the perfect answer ..
It’s good to see Dad “messing with” Calvin’s mind which in this case is Karma.
Life was so much simpler back then…
Calvin doesn’t get that it’s humor, so it really is wrong for him to say this to a child who takes everything literally, especially from his parents.
You can tell this is an old strip, even without looking at the copyright notice. What 6 year old kid today would ask “Didn’t they have color film back then”?
And now you have PROOF that Dad went to Law School…the ability to say something that outrageous with a straight face!
My kids used to believe all the tall tales I told them and now that they have there own kids they’re carrying on the tradition. I love my kids!
No wonder the kid’s a mess
This is the best of Dad’s explanations to Calvin in my opinion. He manages to cover all the bases.
I think Dad needs a good smack upside the head Reba style.
I love comics that can be re-read & find more smiles each time!
I love Calvin’s dad. I try to model my own parenting after him.
About the first two panels, I’m 60 now and had to learn the hard way, sometimes it’s ok to leave the dishes (or whatever else) for a few minutes to enjoy life, never forget this people!
Calvin’s dad gets a measure of revenge.
a good example of the change over is the movie ’The Wizard of Oz", half way through production the change over happened ; )
The world can be a really confusing Calvin….
When this comic originally ran, my kids were 9 and 5 y.o. twins. I couldn’t resist. To my utter surprise, I got them quickly to the point where they kinda believed me. They’re still a little mad about it.
And Calvin grew up to be president of the Flat Earth Society.
It was all monochrome until Dorothy brought the colors back from Oz.
Make believe it’s a cartoon.
I like Hobbes idea.
it’s all very complicated…
Dad’s theory: A confused child builds character.
Been waiting for this one!
Bad dad! Bad dad!
Seems perfectly rational and logical to me.
I was browsing through a museum’s World War I exhibit not long ago and came upon a small group of high schoolers watching some battlefield film footage from the period. They wondered amongst themselves why everybody moved so quickly, so jerkily back then. I should’ve told them it was habit from dodging the shells and bullets.
An aside … Granted, dad’s being a bit of a dick in the title panel. But I have little sympathy for women who voluntarily play Mary Martyr with the domestic chores and then get pissed and resentful about it. Dad’s right, she shouldn’t have even touched the dishes; there are more important things that take precedence in life.
Dad is evil.
I’ve got a job for dad over at Faux News.
When He who must be trusted lies to you. Where are you to go?
This is one of my family’s favorite Calvin comics!
I used to believe this…
And folks wonder why Calvin is such a little jerk.
I gather dogs only see in black and white. Is it the same for tigers?
The dishes will wait, Woman. Come watch the sunset with me and we will do them together afterward.
I prefer this Hobbes’s philosophy to the Hobbes I had to study in school.
Calvin’s Dad is a kindred spirit. All he had to do was say “no” to Cal’s original question. But he had to mess with him. Like I did with my kid. It’s fun!
FUN FACT. The world was flat until 1912.
Calvin’s dad tries to instill zeal in his son, though not necessarily knowledge.
Dad’s cruse’in for a bruse’in !!!!!lol
This, along with the “Where does the sun go when it sets” are the 2 best Dad Wisdom comics.
So why are the comics in black and white all week and only color on Sunday?
Calvin could have asked if the world was black and white until the 30s, then why were many movies and TV shows and cartoons in black-and-white during the 40s and 50s (well, by the 50s all theatrical cartoons were in color, IIRC.) I also like Calvin’s worried expression in the eighth panel.
This is one that proves what I’ve always thought. Calvin is just like his daddy. One of these days he’ll be telling his and Suzi’s (or Alice’s) child this same story.
Good thing Calvin didn’t have access to Google to find out the father was just winging it!
For sheer absurdity, this is one of my all-time favorite Calvin and Hobbes strips.
Of all the great “Calvin & Hobbes” strips over the years, and there were SO many (about one a day), this was my all-time favorite. This is the best one of the best comic strip of all time.
Definitely in my set of top-25 C&H strips!
I’m guessing that Calvin’s dad was a lot like Calvin when he was a kid. So payback is hell for Calvin’s mother.
The C and H ever.
Got to love the line about a lot of great artists being insane too.
The ancient past was colored differently with black blood and dark red oceans…strangeness that.
The blur of blue and green
Searching to discover when “blue” started to appear in language as a color in its own right, Geiger discovered a pattern repeated all over the world; every language first had words for black and white, representing darkness and light and soon after people used a word for red, the color of blood and wine. The next colors to appear in language were yellow then green and the last color to appear in every language across the globe was blue.
Sound advice by Hobbes, as usual
so that is why calvin is the was he is.
One of my favorites is when Dad “secretly” tells Calvin that the plate of squishy green stuff is toxic waste and will turn him into a mutant. This makes Calvin snarf it down greedily.
THIS is a classic! Is this one of the ones that eveyrbody has remembered over the years???
And we wonder why Calvin is crazy…..
How to confuse your child 101
Calvin’s dad could be Science Advisor for a Republican administration.
One of the greatest, a true classic.
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