Published in 1993, 8th collection, first of the large size format. All Sunday strips in color. Up til this collection, the collections were all black and white. Only the Treasury Collections had color Sunday strips.
On page 10 Calvin plays with his food.
G.R.O.S.S. is called to order on page 12, the meeting runs through page 16.
Some excellent Snowmen art on pages 20 and 21.
A great series of snowmen on page 28 and 29.
Calvin leaves a severed snowman head on Susie's doorstep on page 32.
On 33, Calvin has recreated the Easter Island statues out of snow. Dad is not amused.
A horde of tiny snowmen are threatened by a huge snowman on page 34.
Calvin declares himself "Boy of Destiny" on page 44, it lasts only until the top of page 45.
Calvin's Dad begins his love hate relationship with his bicycle on page 56.
Calvin draws the Strip on page 68! A Classic!
Calvin begins a serious gum chewing hobby on page 70, including "Chewing" magazine. The story runs through page 72.
G.R.O.S.S. meets again on page 80.
The mysterious "noodle incident" is mentioned again on page 82. It is the beginning of a time travel story - line wherein Calvin decides to travel into the future to the time where he has finished his writing assignment. He figures he can bring it back and turn it in. It runs through page 89.
Calvin & Hobbes make clay figurines on page 98. Hobbes insists on wearing a smock. He is more interested in the smock than the clay. Mom likes Hobbes figurine of a tiger better than Calvin's shrunken cartoon heads.
Calvin and Hobbes play "contact golf" on page 117.
Dad is on his bicycle again on page 123.
We see the inner workings of Calvin's mind on page 130.
Stupendous Man makes a brief appearance on page 131.
A great Spaceman Spiff on page 138.
Calvin battles his food again on page 155.
On page 159, Calvin and Hobbes want to hear "Hamster Huey and the Gooey Kablooie" for a bedtime story again.
Homicidal Psycho Jungle Cat: A Calvin and Hobbes Collection
9th collection, published in 1994.
On page 22, Calvin talks to Susie about how girls are like bugs. She is not amused.
Calvin is abducted by aliens again on page 24.
Spaceman Spiff on page 28.
Dad is on his bicycle even though it is snowing on page 39
Great snowmen on page 40.
More snowmen on pages 45, 46, 49, & 51.
Excellent SnowDad on page 54.
Another "serious" strip on page 56.
Starting on page 69, Calvin smuggles his Stupendous Man costume into school, and uses Stupendous Man's stupendous knowledge to answer his test questions. Story runs through page 74.
Spaceman Spiff returns on page 76.
Excellent Snowmen on page 77.
Great futuristic Home Scene on page 87.
Dad cleans his bike on page 94.
Calvin is attacked by his food again on page 104.
Starting on page 105, Calvin tries to come up with a Slogan for the school safety contest. The story runs through page 110.
Calvin tries to ride his bike again on page 131.
Spaceman Spiff and an excellent alien landscape on page 139, and again on page 155.
G.R.O.S.S. meets again on pages 161 - 169.
The Calvin and Hobbes Tenth Anniversary Book
If you don't buy any other Calvin & Hobbes book, buy this one!! Besides reprinting almost every one of my favorite strips, it has essays by creator Bill Watterson on:
The Comics In Transition,
The Sunday Strip,
and Cartooning and Calvin and Hobbes.
There are bio's of each of the cast members, and a bio of Calvin's wagon. This book gives a great deal of insight into the workings of the Comic strip industry, as well as the inner thoughts of Bill Watterson. Buy this book!
It includes the famous playing classical music at 78 RPM dance, the baby raccoon story, The first Tracer Bullet episode (Calvin's Haircut), the first Transmogrifier episode (Calvin turns into a small tiger), The first family camping trip, an excellent explanation and bio of Spaceman Spiff (page 68), Bill Watterson's views on childhood on page 84, the Rosalyn meets Stupendous Man episode, the duplicator story, and the Ethicator story, the baseball series that leads to the development of Calvin Ball, My all-time favorite Tracer Bullet story (case of the trashed living room), the G.R.O.S.S. meeting wherein Calvin & Hobbes kidnap Binky Betsy, the playing doctor strip, drawn soap opera style, Stupendous Man goes to school, and a definitive sampling of the cream of the crop Calvin and Hobbes stories. This book is the bomb.
There's Treasure Everywhere: A Calvin and Hobbes Collection
To follow the series chronologically, think of this as the 10th collection. The Calvin and Hobbes Tenth Anniversary Book is inserted between 9 and 10 by publishing date, but the stories in There's Treasure Everywhere (published in 1996) follow the stories in Homicidal Psycho Jungle Cat (published in 1994).
Calvin battles his bicycle on page 5, and discusses the unseen bike on page 6.
Dad explains the difference between childhood and being a grown-up on page 11 (while cleaning his bike).
On page 16, Calvin grapples with the subject of death, after finding a small dead bird.
Spaceman Spiff and some great alien scenery on page 20. Watterson does excellent landscape.
A Great scene on page 40, Calvin in a Clavin Day parade with the key to the city and a gigantic Calvin statue.
Nude descending staircase on page 41 (Calvin).
Calvin makes a thinking cap on page 51. The story starts on page 50, with a writing assignment. They attach the cap to a cerebral enhace-o-tron, which makes Calvin's head swell up, but nobody seems to notice but Calvin and Hobbes. Calvin researches and writes a paper on tyrannosaurus Rex ( . . . sort of. . . .) Story ends on page 58.
Another snowman masterpiece on page 63. The Torment of Existence . . . ETC.
A Christmas Rhyme on page 67.
A snowman committing suicide on page 77.
Snow monsters on page 81.
Spaceman Spiff crash lands in an alien sea on page 84.
Cannibal snowman on page 87
Alien snowmen on page 88. I love this one.
Snowmen partake in golf, tennis, and spring board diving on page 101.
A snow paleontologist on page 103.
A great comic book super-hero scene on page 104.
Snowmen crossing on page 105.
Calvin's food performs Shakespeare on page 111, followed by a chorus of Morris Albert's Feelings.
Spaceman Spiff is stranded on a distant planet, and held captive by a horrible yukbarf, who totures poor Spiff by forcing him to endure a calm discussion of wholesome principles.
Calvin as the alien Blor-Utar from Zimtok - 5 on page 125.
Tyrannosaurs in F-14s on page 128.
A huge Snow chicken decapitates a snowman on page 131.
Another snowman suicide on page 134.
Snow sharks on page 139.
A great lunar scene as Calvin wishes he could go to the moon on page 140.
Nude descending staircase on page 141 (snowman).
Snowdog and hydrant on page 146.
Hobbes eye-view perspective of a tobaggan ride on page 156.
Deer-hunters on page 160 (no, not hunters-of-deer, deers-who-hunt).
On page 175, Calvin finds a remote control in a drawer that opens a trap door to a bat-cave-like super-hero hideout, where he sees his parents in super-hero costumes.
It's a Magical World: A Calvin and Hobbes Collection
The last of the collections (unless Bill Watterson comes out of retirement), published in 1996.
Susie has to stay at Calvin's house until her mom gets home. This leads to a special meeting of G.R.O.S.S.. Calvin and Hobbes meet in the box of secrecy this time, in Calvin's room, rather than in the treehouse. The story runs from page 6 to page 11.
Dad rides his bicycle on page 12, and explains the secret to enjoying your job.
An alien visits on page 15, and Calvin sends him to school in his place.
A great night time starscape on page 21. Watterson does a lot with the medium available to him.
Spaceman Spiff's eye-view from the cockpit of his spaceship on page 25.
Calvin wears his lucky rocketship underpants on page 33 (to no avail).
Another view of the inner workings of Calvin's brain on page 41. Lots of little Calvin's in helmets with lights.
Spaceman Spiff and more alien landscape on page 45.
Dad helps Calvin learn to ride a bicycle on page 54. It runs through page 57 and includes a color Sunday in which the bicycle pursues Calvin through the house.
On page 81, we see Calvin's get-ready-for-bed contraption.
A poem about how Calvin's parents are really space-aliens on page 89. Watterson is a genius.
Spaceman Spiff has a computer weapons system that is not user-friendly on page 93.
On page 95, as Calvin dons his Stupendous Man costume, he observes "As usual, the hero business is up to me". *sigh* . . . It's lonely at the top Calvin.
On page 98, Rosalyn the baby sitter returns. She's been gone too long, good to have her back. Rosalyn agrees to play a game with Calvin, and he of course chooses Calvin Ball. Rosalyn turns out to be a match for Calvin once she stumbles into the perimeter of wisdom.
More Calvin Ball on page 109.
On page 112, Spaceman Spiff is stranded on a distant planet where it is nearly impossible to find food. He is saved when he finds ice cream sandwiches.
On page 118, Calvin needs to collect leaves for a leaf collection that's due tomorrow. Aliens land, and Calvin convinces them to bring him a collection of alien leaves, labeled and categorized. The story runs through page 123.
Dad rides his bike again on page 125.
Calvin imagines life in an orbiting space station on page 133.
On page 137, Calvin and Hobbes plan "Operation Kapow" It's Top Secret! (if only it would snow).
Calvin and hobbes search for wierdness on page 149, and are about to give up until Dad goes by on his bicycle.
Snowman bowling on page 156.
Possibly the best drawn sled ride ever on page 157.
Remember the aliens Calvin sold the Earth to on page 118? Well they are back, and they feel they were greatly overcharged. Probably true.
Santa discusses Calvin with his elves on page 161.
Calvin caves to conformity and makes a generic snowman on page 162.
A sordid snowman story on page 164.
The book (and our adventure with Calvin and Hobbes) ends on page 165 with a final toboggan ride. Farewell Calvin! Farewell Hobbes! You will live forever in our hearts and minds . . . .
There are also Treasury books! The Treasury books are reprints of the black and white collections. What makes them special is that they are large-sized, with full color Sundays, and each one starts with a special full-color story in large format that has never been previously published. If you haven't started collecting yet, buy the treasuries instead of the first 6 books in the collection. The stories are the same, but you get the added intro stories, and full-color Sundays.
The Essential Calvin and Hobbes : A Calvin and Hobbes Treasury
Published in 1988, with an introduction by Peanuts creator, Charles M. Schultz.
The intro story is A Nauseous Nocturne. An Excerpt from this story was reprinted in The Tenth Anniversary Book, but here it is complete and in larger print. The Essential Calvin and Hobbes includes all the stories from Calvin and Hobbes and Something Under The Bed Is Drooling.
The Calvin and Hobbes Lazy Sunday Book : A Collection of Sunday Calvin and Hobbes Cartoons
Published in 1989. No introduction, but a terrific large print Spaceman Spiff adventure leads off. Spaceman Spiff Interplanetary Explorer Extraordinaire! is not available in any other book but this one. The rest of the book is all full-color Sundays, none of the black and white strips. This a great book to snuggle up with on a dreary day.
The Authoritative Calvin and Hobbes: Includes Cartoons from Yukon Ho and Weirdos from Another Planet
Published in 1990. The lead-off story is a transmogrifier story in which Calvin changes himself into an elephant.
The Indispensable Calvin and Hobbes : A Calvin and Hobbes Treasury
Published in 1992, This one starts off with several illustrated poems, done in the manner that only Bill Watterson can do. The strips in the book are from The Revenge of the Baby - Sat, and Scientific progress Goes "'Boink".
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