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The Complete Calvin and Hobbes: Book One, 1985-1987

Author: Bill Watterson
Illustrator: Bill Watterson
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC
Pages: 359
Personal Rating: 9/10
Amazon: 5/5
Goodreads: 5/5
Bindings:Paper Back
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Found in:The Complete Calvin and Hobbes [2012]
This four-volume slipcased paperback edition of the original groundbreaking collection features the adventures of Calvin and his pet tiger, Hobbes. This volume contains the strips that ran from November 18, 1985 through November 29, 1987.
Excellent collection with the whole set of one of the best comic strips of all time.
The first strip was published on November 18, 1985, and the series quickly became a hit. Within a year of syndication, the strip was published in roughly 250 newspapers.
Calvin and Hobbes was conceived when Bill Watterson, working in an advertising job he detested, began devoting his spare time to cartooning, his true love. He explored various strip ideas but all were rejected by the syndicates. United Feature Syndicate finally responded positively to one strip called Critturs, which featured a side character (the main character's little brother) who had a stuffed tiger. Told that these characters were the strongest, Watterson began a new strip centered on them. Though United Feature rejected the new strip, Universal Press Syndicate eventually took it.