If you grew up in the 90s chances are you probably read Calvin and Hobbes as a little kid. Bill Watterson's comic strip about an imaginative little boy called Calvin and his stuffed tiger Hobbes has been called the last great newspaper comic. It wouldn't be a stretch to call Calvin and Hobbes two of the most recognisable characters in comic book history. They're right up there with Garfield and Charlie Brown and Snoopy and Dennis the Menace. You would probably be hard-pressed to find a Millennial who hasn't heard of Calvin.
Calvin and Hobbes started in 1988 and finished in 1995. It spanned over 3,000 strips and appeared in more than 50 countries and in over 2,400 newspapers worldwide. Calvin and Hobbes has been a huge success in book format as well selling over a staggering 45 million copies. Calvin and Hobbes is told from the point of view of a six-year-old boy called Calvin, who perceives his stuffed tiger Hobbes to be an anthropomorphic tiger with human intelligence who walks around on two legs. Calvin and Hobbes go on a lot of adventures together. Calvin is named after a theologian called John Calvin and Hobbes is named after a philosopher called Thomas Hobbes.
Calvin and Hobbes was accepted for publication by Universal Press Syndicate and was launched on the 18th of November in 1985. Calvin and Hobbes provided readers with a window into the imaginative world of a child. It was endearing and hilarious and thought-provoking and often very relatable. Calvin is curious and asks questions and breaks things and comes up with wild stories and drives his parents bonkers. He is the equal of Bart Simpson and Dennis the Menace, but he also has moments where he shows off a sharp intellect.
The Complete Calvin and Hobbes Collection was released on the 1st of September in 2005 by Andrews & McMeel Publishing House. It contains all of the Calvin and Hobbes comic strips in one single box. The collection is divided into three large and handsome books. Book one contains the years 1985 to 1988. Book two spans from 1988 to the first half of 1992 and book three includes all of the strips from the second half of 1992 and continues all the way through to the conclusion of the strip in 1995. A paperback version of the collection with four books instead of three was released on the 13th of November 2012.
These books are very big and heavy. You wouldn't be able to fit them in a backpack and take them with you to read on the bus. They're more fit for a reading on the couch after work scenario. The first book contains a 14-page preface written by Bill Watterson. These books would make a wonderful gift for someone.
You can purchase The Complete Calvin and Hobbes Collection for between $150 and $200.