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The Complete Calvin and Hobbes

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Calvin and Hobbes is unquestionably one of the most popular comic strips of all time. The imaginative world of a boy and his real-only-to-him tiger was first syndicated in 1985 and appeared in more than 2,400 newspapers when Bill Watterson retired on January 1, 1996. The entire body of Calvin and Hobbes cartoons published i
Hardcover, Three Volume Set, 1456 pages
Published September 6th 2005 by Andrews McMeel Publishing
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Ewan There is actually *one* Calvin and Hobbes strip that was never reprinted anywhere after its original publication, including in this book. See here:

There is actually *one* Calvin and Hobbes strip that was never reprinted anywhere after its original publication, including in this book. See here:

Apart from that single strip though, yes this does contain every one, and some nice full-page drawings.(less)
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Mark Lawrence
Jun 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I bought this set for my boys a few Christmasses back - but really I bought it for me.

I've read the entire thing a few pages at a time over the course of a some months and I was sad to come to the last wonderfully bound hard cover.

Although I was sad to reach the end I also applaud Bill Watterson for knowing the power in ending something. He quit while he was ahead and left us something golden. It would lessen the work if he had carried on past the point the fire left him, repeating old themes to
Dan Schwent
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, 2020-comics
I'm a Calvin and Hobbes fan from way back so this set has been on my radar for quite a while. After a few years of having this on my wish list, my wife finally got it for me for Christmas. It was worth the wait.

As everyone knows, Calvin is a six year old boy whose best friend is his stuffed tiger Hobbes. This book collects every Calvin and Hobbes strip. The dailies are in black and white and the Sunday strips are in color, as nature and Bill Watterson intended. Dates accompany each strip noting
Mar 22, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Me and my sister, who is the coolest sister ever, got this for each other for Channukah one year. I mean, we didn't buy two; we split one copy to share, because we grew up on Calvin & Hobbes, and we even still communicate in Calvin & Hobbes sometimes, where one of us will describe the first panel of a strip, and the other will answer with a description of the last panel. The one about the smocks (where they're supposed to be sculpting and Hobbes gets obsessed with the smock and the last panel is ...more
Nandakishore Varma
Oct 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The philosopher John Calvin...

...and the philosopher Thomas Hobbes...

...with chillingly apt quotes for the day.

Aw, forget 'em! Look at this Calvin and his friend Hobbes: better philosophers and way more funny.

Jul 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Everyone loves Calvin and Hobbes. I do, too. It's not just funny, it's also very wise. Tongue-in-cheek philosophy and sociology. Usually the best part of the newspapers that choose to publish it, newspapers that in turn got better per definition than newspapers who don't.

But what about Donald and Hobbes?

Funny, and a little bit scary. Take a look for yourself. :-D
Algernon (Darth Anyan)
Mar 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011, comics
I finished this some time ago, but I wanted to mark it here as one of the highlights of the year. I consider Calvin and Hobbes my dear friends and I hope they are still having fun someplace with a lot of snow. I don't have a kid of my own, but if I did, I would surely buy this for his shelves (I borrowed mine from the Library)
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of those seminal touchstones from my childhood that I still connect with today. Anytime I read this it automatically makes me happy!!! This series had a lot of influence on me, in various ways (it took me many years to realize this btw). I love the art, wit, humor, devious wryness, cultural critique, imagination, humanism slyly mixed with cynicism, the whimsy. Watterson merges a beautifully skilled visual style with brilliant comedic timing and writing. Apogee of the comic strip here imo. An ...more
Jun 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
There was big news in the comics world this week when we learned that the reclusive Bill Watterson, author of the beloved Calvin and Hobbes cartoon who has been retired for almost 20 years, has been quietly collaborating on a new comic strip, Pearls Before Swine.

Calvin and Hobbes ended in 1995, and for those who were born after that, I think it's hard to convey how much loss was felt when Watterson stopped drawing. I mean, I felt genuine loss. I LOVED Calvin and Hobbes and I read it in the paper
Sep 17, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONE EVER
Shelves: favorites
if there was a better part of my childhood than reading these these comics, i honestly can't think of it.

these stretched my brain as a kid. never pandered to his audience. i learned so many words and references from these. i specifically remember looking up transmogrify, kafka and phlegm in my mom's giant dictionary, and later on laughing when i learned about the philosophers calvin and hobbes.

reading these is probably a big part of how i ended up being the kind of person who would enjoy a site
"It's a magical world, Hobbes, ol' buddy... let's go exploring!"

Feb 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Do we choose our imaginary friends or do they choose us? If Calvin chose Hobbes, how do we explain episodes like this one:

This comic pattern turns up throughout the story of C&H; Calvin reveals an overwhelmingly self-serving viewpoint and Hobbes rolls his eyes so hard he risks brain damage. If Calvin is as selfish as he seems, wouldn't he be tempted to dream up a friend who coddles his ego? Yet Hobbes is far from a yes-tiger, which suggests Calvin realizes how unrealistic his world-view is. He
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Now what can I say about this but apart from its amazing. The box set is massive (and heavy). Now I will admit I probably read this faster than normal as I have already had a number of the individual books already - however when the chance came along to own this book at a fraction of the cost (and making it cheaper than if I were to buy the rest of the book individually) how could I resist.

Now for anyone who has not read Calvin and Hobbes (where have you been!) you will at least recognise the ch
Leif Quinlan
May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Infinity stars
This is the book of my life - nothing can approach the influence it has had on me
Read it at 10, read it at 100 - Watterson's insight into human beings, childhood, adulthood, friendship, families, and growing up, is unparalleled. I hold no piece of art in higher regard, it is perfect and unimprovable
It would be among the dozen things put into the timecapsule of humanity
Need I really explain to you why I gave Calvin & Hobbes a five-star rating? If you grew up during the eighties and nineties or were sentient during that time period, or if you are sentient now and have access to the Internet or if you have ever had a friend who knows what good stuff is, then you know that Calvin & Hobbes is a wonderful, beautiful, hilarious, perfect thing.

I grew up on this. In the early nineties, I woke up every morning and stomped to the front door to retrieve the newspaper and
Sep 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, comix
It's a magical world; there's treasure everywhere, the days are just packed and scientific progress goes boink. But something under the bed is drooling. Weirdos from another planet? Homicidal psycho jungle cat? Revenge of the baby-sat? Or an attack of the deranged mutant killer monster snow goons?

Nope. Calvin & Hobbes. Yukon ho!
Iza Brekilien
Calvin and Hobbes... I discovered them years ago, read all the series, laughed histerically, was moved, thought I was never ever going to have kids if they turned out like Calvin, sympathised with his parents, howled with laughter some more, admired his imagination and will never look at snowmen the same way again. Then passed the bug on to my kids 😋
Ganglion Bard-barbarian
Dec 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Calvin and Hobbes had a huge cultural influence on the Pacific Northwest anarchist scene (the comic strip is believed to take place in the Pacific Northwest) and the political undertones of the comic strip are fairly obvious but also severely overlooked, but such is the case with all revolutionary art.

With his talent, Watterson could have became an underground messiah churning out inaccessible cult-classic graphic novels, instead he chose to struggle against a highly corrupt and controlling news
Aug 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I remembered having read this comic in a German newspaper when I was little. THAT'S how famous Calvin and Hobbes was/is!
Then I noticed that I unconsciously still knew a lot of lines from back then so I started looking into collections and fell in love with the cute artwork and deep messages all over again so I had to buy the complete edition.

This box consists of 4 books: the first has all the comics from 1985-1986; the second those from 1987-1989; the third those from 1990-1992; and the fourth c
Deborah Edwards
Oct 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: personal-faves
You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll transmogrify. Never will you look at a snowman the same way again. Calvin is the child I would be destined to bear if I had a child. Which is why I have no children. Watterson is a god.
Juho Pohjalainen
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've had this collection for thirteen years now, and I tend to open it up and read through a few just about every year. Before that, there was another ten years or so when I would grab smaller, solitary albums from the library to read on, never caring if I'd read said album before or not. It never gets old. It never gets anything less than perfect. There are comics I laugh at every time I read them, and then others that I laugh at because I didn't really get them the previous time around. Then o ...more
Sam Julian
May 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Still the best in the game
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you didn't have Calvin and Hobbes in your childhood, I personally feel sorry for you. This is a book that made me try to convince my mom as a kid to buy me a stuffed tiger... and then I tried to get her to upgrade my tiger by reasonably asking her to take me to a zoo, and help me pull a heist to get a non fabric based tiger, to one up Calvin essentially. :P
I adore each of the characters even to this day, love how deep the content could be, while maintaining lots of hilarious plot lines to f
John Dorf
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It simply doesn't get better than this for playful artistry. Calvin dances between cutting satire and existential crisis while dealing with his primitive imaginary tiger, Hobbes. He creates a character of himself constantly, reinterpreting what happens around him in the context of interstellar adventures, prehistoric capers, and simple reflections as he rides a sled down a snowy hill.

If you want an easy yet educational read, or if you want your child to be able to learn lots of new words withou
Feb 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing
The intro written by Bill Watterson describing how he started, wrote, and ended Calvin & Hobbes was great - well worth the price of buying all the comics I already own (but in one gigantic album set). I've been driving Brandi crazy by reading the comics to her and forcing her to read other ones. I've skipped through the book, but the comics i have stopped to read bring back so many memories. C&H is definitely one of the comics for the ages. And in a way they also remind me of a certain nephew of ...more
Iluzija O. Istini
If you think about it, there are 10 generations of people that can say, "I am Calvin's coeval. Or at least I was. I was six at the same time he was." Ten generations of people feeling special. And I am one of them. (:

Small, brilliant. Childhood that never ends. This book owns my dreams.
Dragomir Mirela
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is truly a masterpiece!
Andrei Stoian

So, "The Complete Calvin and Hobbes" is, with an impressive 4.82 stars, the highest rated book on this website. This is basically the reason I wanted to read this collection in the first place and oh my God I was in for a treat. Fun fact, I've actually searched for a one-star review because I was wondering why would anybody dislike this comics and I couldn't find one.
Bill Watterson managed to capture in such a fantastic way the magic of childhood and also approached philosophical themes, politic
May 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review
I remember saving up credit card reward points for a long time and finally being able to afford this - more than a decade ago. It had a pride of place in my bookshelf, but I never really read it, mostly because I used to read the strips online and in newspapers. During the Covid lockdown, books weren't getting delivered. It was the perfect time to pick up an all-time favourite.
The set consists of four books, each around 370 pages. I didn't read them in one shot, and took a break after each book.
Jordan Lombard
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Not sure how one can sum up something so wonderful as this. It was one of my favorite cartoons growing up, even though I didn't end up reading most of it back then, I'm glad I got the chance to catch up now. I have the paperback boxed set, and didn't really start reading them until this year, reading them a little every day. I was sad to see it come to an end, but it was a very fitting end. And, as someone else here mentioned, Bill knew to quit while he was ahead, which is something I appreciate ...more
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Paul gave me this for Christmas...I think in 2015, but maybe it was 2014 - a conundrum which shows my fluid and slippery relationship with time...and it was one of the best gifts I've ever been given. I already had most of the previously published collections, but this made my life complete. If I could take only one book with me to a desert island (I don't know why this scenario would even occur) then it would be this one. Bill Watterson, I love you!
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Bill Watterson (born William Boyd Watterson II) is an American cartoonist, and the author of the comic strip "Calvin and Hobbes". His career as a syndicated cartoonist ran from 1985 to 1995; he stopped drawing "Calvin and Hobbes" at the end of 1995 with a short statement to newspaper editors and his fans that he felt he had achieved all he could in the comic strip medium. During the early years of ...more

Other books in the series

Calvin and Hobbes (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • Calvin and Hobbes (Calvin and Hobbes #1)
  • Something Under the Bed is Drooling (Calvin and Hobbes #2)
  • Yukon Ho! (Calvin and Hobbes #3)
  • Weirdos from Another Planet! (Calvin and Hobbes #4)
  • The Revenge of the Baby-Sat (Calvin and Hobbes #5)
  • Scientific Progress Goes "Boink" (Calvin and Hobbes #6)
  • Attack of the Deranged Mutant Killer Monster Snow Goons (Calvin and Hobbes #7)
  • The Days Are Just Packed
  • Homicidal Psycho Jungle Cat (Calvin and Hobbes #9)
  • There's Treasure Everywhere (Calvin and Hobbes #10)

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