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For completeness, here's a list of all available Calvin and Hobbes® books, with direct links to buy them.
Calvin and Hobbes
Something Under the Bed is Drooling
The Essential Calvin and Hobbes: A Calvin and Hobbes Treasury
The Calvin and Hobbes Lazy Sunday Book: A Collection of Sunday Calvin and Hobbes Cartoons
Weirdos From Another Planet!
The Authoritative Calvin and Hobbes: A Calvin and Hobbes Treasury
The Revenge of the Baby-Sat
Scientific Progress Goes "Boink"
Attack of the Deranged Mutant Killer Monster Snow Goons
The Indispensable Calvin and Hobbes
The Days are Just Packed
Homicidal Psycho Jungle Cat
The Calvin and Hobbes Tenth Anniversary Book
There's Treasure Everywhere
It's A Magical World
Calvin and Hobbes: Sunday Pages 1985-1995
The Complete Calvin and Hobbes
If you want to have all strips, but not all books (i.e. the least amount of books, but have every single strip) then you need to buy this list of books:
Of course you could also buy "The Complete Calvin and Hobbes" listed above!
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Calvin and Hobbes is copyright © Bill Watterson and Universal Press Syndicate. Calvin and Hobbes are registered trademarks of Bill Watterson and Universal Press Syndicate.
Calvin is named after a
sixteenth-century theologian who believed in
predestination. Most people assume that Calvin is based on a son of
mine, or based on detailed memories of my own childhood. In fact,
I don't have children, and I was a fairly quiet, obedient kid -
almost Calvin's opposite. One of the reasons that Calvin's character
is fun to write is that I often don't agree with him", says Bill
Watterson in The Calvin and Hobbes Tenth Anniversary Book.
He goes on: "Calvin is autobiographical in the sense that he thinks about the same
issues that I do, but in this, Calvin reflects my adulthood more than
my childhood. Many of Calvin's struggles are metaphors for my own. I
suspect that most of us get old without growing up, and that inside
every adult (sometimes not very far inside) is a bratty kid who wants
everything his own way. I use Calvin as an outlet for my immaturity, as
a way to keep myself curious about the natural world, as a way to
ridicule my own obsessions, and as a way to comment on human nature.
I wouldn't want Calvin in my house, but on paper, he helps me sort
through my life and understand it."
Calvin must be a real nightmare to his parents. Living in his own small
world, he has certain ideas and gets into adventures Mom and Dad do not
believe in. Turning in one of his alter-egos like Spaceman Spiff, Tracer
Bullet and Stupendous Man, Calvin sees the world from another
perspective. These situations are used by him to control the present
when he has problems to deal with, or when he is just getting into trouble.
Often Calvin just makes things worse while being one of his alter-egos.
We see that Calvin hardly has any friends in the strip. Most things he
does with his best friend Hobbes. With him he can play baseball with
their own rules, form G.R.O.S.S. meetings, play Calvinball and have
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In the anniversary book, Bill says: "Named
after a seventeenth-century philosopher with a dim view of human nature,
Hobbes has the patient dignity and common sense of most animals I've met.
Hobbes was very much inspired by one of our cats, a gray tabby named Sprite.
Sprite not only provide the long body and facial characteristics for Hobbes,
she also was the model for his personality. She was goodnatured, intelligent,
friendly, and enthusiastic in a sneaking up and pouncing sort of way. Sprite
suggested the idea of Hobbes greeting Calvin at the door in midair at high
With most cartoon animals, the humor comes from their humanlike behavior.
Hobbes stands upright and talks of course, but I try to preserve his feline
side, both in physical demeanor and his attitude. His reserve and tact seem
very catlike to me, along with his barely contained pride in not being human.
Like Calvin, I often prefer the company of animals to people, and Hobbes is
my idea of an ideal friend.
The so-called "gimmick" of my strip - the two versions of Hobbes - is
sometimes misunderstood. I don't think of Hobbes as a doll that
miraculously comes to life when Calvin's around. Neither do I think of
Hobbes as the product of Calvin's imagination. The nature of Hobbes's
reality doesn't interest me, and each story goes out of its way to avoid
resolving the issue. Calvin sees Hobbes one way, and everyone else sees
Hobbes another way. I show two versions of reality, and each makes
complete sense to the participant who sees it. I think that's how life
works. None of us sees the world in exactly the same way, and I just
draw that literally in the strip. Hobbes is more about the subjective
nature of reality than about dolls coming to life."
Being the best friend of Calvin, Hobbes helps Calvin with
certain problems. We can think of Hobbes making Calvin's homework, help
him to avoid Moe and make maps and secret codes for G.R.O.S.S. But like
most friends, Calvin and Hobbes also have their argues and fights. One
well-known fact to all readers is the pouncing of Hobbes when Calvin
returns from school. Hobbes also spoils some of the G.R.O.S.S. plans by
being a spy for the enemy (Susie): Hobbes will do anything for a tummy rub.
We can also see Hobbes as the good side from Calvin. He comes up with
nice ideas or suggestions for Calvin, and is often worried about plans
I've never given Calvin's parents names,
because as far as the strip is concerned, they are important only as
Calvin's mom and dad.
Calvin's dad has been rumored to be a self-portrait. All my characters
are half me, so it's true in some ways, but Calvin's dad is also partly
a satire of my own father. Any strip about how suffering "builds
character" is usually a verbatim transcript of my dad's explanations
for why we were all freezing, exhausted, hungry and lost on camping
trips. These things are a lot funnier after twenty-five years have
Calvin's mom is the daily disciplinarian,
a job that taxes here sanity, so I don't think we get to see her at
her best. I regret that the strip mostly shows here impatient side,
but I try to hint at other aspects of her personality and her interests
by what she's doing when Calvin barges in.
Early on, Calvin's parents were criticized by readers for being unloving
and needlessly sarcastic. (Calvin's dad has remarked that what he really
wanted was a dog.) At the time, I think it was unusual for a comic strip
to concentrate on the exasperating aspects of kids without a lot of hugs
and sentimentality to leaven it. We usually only see Calvin's parents
when they're reacting to Calvin, so as secondary characters, I've tried
to keep them realistic, with a reasonable sense of humor about having a
kid like Calvin. I think they do a better job than I would."
Susie is earnest, serious, and smart - the
kind of girl I was attracted to in school and eventually married.
"Derkins" was the nickname of my wife's family's beagle. The early
strips with Susie were heavy-handed with the love-hate conflict, and
it's taken me a while to get a bead on Susie's relationship with Calvin.
I suspect Calvin has a mild crush on her that he expresses by trying to
annoy her, but Susie is a bit unnerved and put off by Calvin's weirdness.
This encourages Calvin to be even weirder, so it's a good dynamic.
Neither of them quite understands what's going on, which is probably
true of most relationships. I sometimes imagine a strip from Susie's
point of view would be interesting, and after so many strips about boys,
I think a strip about a little girl, drawn by a woman, could be great."
Susie is always Calvin's "target". In the summer, Calvin forms G.R.O.S.S.
meetings to bug her, and in the winter he throws snowballs at her, whenever
he gets the chance. Susie likes to have tea-parties, or play house with
Calvin, Hobbes and Mr. Bun, her stuffed rabbit, and although Calvin doesn't
like girls, we sometimes see him playing with Susie.
As a few readers guessed, Miss Wormwood is
named after the apprentice devil in C.S. Lewis's The Screwtape
Letters. I have a lot of sympathy for Miss Wormwood. We see hints
that she's waiting to retire, that she smokes too much, and that she
takes a lot of medication. I think she seriously believes in the value
of education, so needless to say, she's an unhappy person."
Calvin makes her job very hard: lot's of strips show Calvin in the
class-room as Spaceman Spiff, Stupendous Man or a dinosaur. Miss
Wormwood probably can't really handle Calvin, counting the times Calvin
is sent to the principal.
Probably the only person Calvin fears is
his baby-sitter. I put her in a Sunday strip early on, never thinking
of her as a regular character, but her intimidation of Calvin surprised
me, so she's made a few appearances since. Rosalyn even seems to daunt
Calvin's parents, using their desperation to get out of the house to
demand advances and raises. Rosalyn's relationship with Calvin is
pretty one-dimensional, so baby-sitter stories get harder and harder
to write, but for a later addition to the strip, she's worked pretty
Rosalyn first appears as a baby-sitter, and shortly after that she once appeared as
Calvin's swimming teacher. Later on in the strips, Calvin is not just afraid of
Rosalyn. He starts being very creative in finding ways to annoy here. The only good
thing about this for Rosalyn is the amount of money she can ask, which seems to
be pretty high in the end. One of the lasts stories including Rosalyn is the very
funny story in which she plays Calvinball with Calvin. This is actually the only
time Calvin plays this game with somebody else besides Hobbes.
Moe is Calvin's worst nightmare. He's the class
bully and Calvin knows: never argue with a six-year-old who shaves.
Bill Watterson says: "Moe is every jerk I've ever known. He's big, dumb,
ugly and cruel. I remember school being full of idiots like Moe. I
think they spawn on damp locker room floors."
Calvin seems to get in a fight with Moe pretty often. His big mouth seems
to be a good reason for Moe to fight him. One time in the strip, Calvin gets away
pretty good. This is when he threatens Moe with Hobbes and Moe is afraid of what
might happen when he actually grabs Hobbes.