America’s Most Profound Comic Strip

Calvin and Hobbes were fans of print journalism—or at least the comics.

In 1985, American newspaper readers met an appalling little boy. He taunted his mother (“Prepare for annihilation, pitiful Earth female”), tormented a classmate by telling her he had brought a “thermos full of phlegm” for lunch and kept a sign on his bedroom door that read “Enter and die.” Millions fell in love with him.

Running in hundreds of papers for the following decade, Bill Watterson ’s “Calvin and Hobbes” was not only the strangest American comic strip. It was also the funniest, the most touching and the most profound.

So begins a fantastic article on Calvin & Hobbes in The Wall Street Journal yesterday. The title captures my sentiments exactly: “‘Calvin & Hobbes’: America’s Most Profound Comic Strip.”

Check it out.

2 thoughts on “America’s Most Profound Comic Strip”

  1. It’s timeless. Turned my kid onto it a couple years back, and he reads through my collection non-stop. Every morning at breakfast it’s a bowl of cereal and C&H. Just like when I was his age.

  2. That’s awesome, Trevor. My own kids haven’t quite gotten it yet, but I know one day they will.

    And thanks for posting this, Walker. C&H have a special place in my heart, unmatched by any other comic and–perhaps–by any other work of art in my life.

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