If you were a fan of comic strips in the late 80s and early 90s, you must have come across “Calvin and Hobbes.” The strip, which followed the antics of a young boy named Calvin and his stuffed tiger Hobbes, was a favorite among readers of all ages.
However, after its final strip was published on December 31, 1995, many have wondered what happened to “Calvin and Hobbes.” In this article, we will explore the story behind the beloved comic strip’s demise.
The Origins of Calvin and Hobbes
“Calvin and Hobbes” was created by cartoonist Bill Watterson. The strip first appeared in newspapers on November 18, 1985.
It quickly gained popularity thanks to its unique take on childhood and imagination. The main character Calvin was a hyperactive six-year-old who often found himself in trouble both at home and school. His best friend was his stuffed tiger Hobbes who magically came to life whenever they were alone.
The Rise of Calvin and Hobbes
Over the years, “Calvin and Hobbes” became one of the most popular comic strips in history. It won numerous awards including two prestigious Reuben Awards for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year in both 1986 and 1988. The strip also spawned several books that became instant bestsellers.
The End of Calvin and Hobbes
Despite its success, “Calvin and Hobbes” came to an end after only ten years. On December 31, 1995, Watterson published his final strip which showed Calvin sledging down a hill with his beloved tiger by his side. The final panel read “It’s a magical world, Hobbes ol’ buddy.. Let’s go exploring!”
Why Did Bill Watterson End Calvin and Hobbes?
The reason behind the end of “Calvin and Hobbes” remains a mystery to this day. Watterson has always been known for his privacy and rarely gave interviews. However, in a letter to his readers that was published after the final strip, he wrote:
“I will be stopping Calvin and Hobbes at the end of the year. This was not a recent or an easy decision, and I leave with some sadness. My interests have shifted however, and I believe I’ve done what I can do within the constraints of daily deadlines and small panels.”
The Legacy of Calvin and Hobbes
Despite its short run, “Calvin and Hobbes” remains one of the most beloved comic strips of all time. Its influence can be seen in other popular media such as “Toy Story,” where Buzz Lightyear’s imaginary friend is named after Watterson’s iconic duo.
In conclusion, “Calvin and Hobbes” may have ended over two decades ago, but its impact on popular culture remains strong. The strip’s unique take on childhood imagination continues to inspire new generations of readers to this day.