Friday, August 10, 2012

Calvin and Hobbes

It's true.  Apparently Bill Watterson's beloved characters Calvin and Hobbes were named after Swiss theologian John Calvin and English empirical and political philosopher Thomas Hobbes.  Neither one would have had any use for each other, in my opinion.

This was one of the great strips of all time.  It brightened my childhood.  However, I was too young to get the subtleties at the time, but I liked it.  It's worth a revisiting nowadays.

Watterson never drew, or licensed, the crude drawings of a Calvin-like bad boy peeing on some disfavored symbol, often one of a type of car.  Those, in my opinion, are so tacky!


  1. Agreed. Great comic strip. An all time favorite for a lot of people.

  2. A great strip. Apparently he quit because of undue artistic limitations imposed on comic strip creators.

  3. A fine strip that is still missed.

  4. Calvin and Hobbes was definitely one of my favorite strips, along with The Far Side and - occasionally - Pardon My Planet. Bill Watterson had a level of good, clean humor and satire that was always funny and frequently brilliant. I still have the complete collection of his "Calvin and the snowmen" cartoons, which are among the funniest I've ever seen.