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When Was the First Calvin and Hobbes Comic Strip?

Calvin and Hobbes is a timeless comic strip that has been entertaining people of all ages for decades. The characters, Calvin and his stuffed tiger Hobbes, have become iconic in the world of cartoons.

But when did the first Calvin and Hobbes comic strip appear? Let’s take a closer look.

The Birth of Calvin and Hobbes

Calvin and Hobbes was created by American cartoonist Bill Watterson and first appeared in newspapers on November 18, 1985. The comic strip featured a six-year-old boy named Calvin and his stuffed tiger Hobbes who magically came to life whenever they were alone together.

The Early Days of Calvin and Hobbes

In the early days of the comic strip, Watterson focused on establishing the characters of Calvin and Hobbes. He used their interactions to explore themes such as imagination, childhood innocence, friendship, and the wonders of nature.

The Evolution of the Comic Strip

As the comic strip evolved over time, Watterson began to experiment with different storytelling techniques. He introduced story arcs that spanned multiple strips, such as “Calvinball” – a game with constantly-changing rules that only Calvin and Hobbes could play.

The End of an Era

After ten years of creating one of the most beloved comic strips in history, Watterson made the difficult decision to end Calvin and Hobbes. The final strip was published on December 31, 1995.


The first Calvin and Hobbes comic strip appeared on November 18, 1985. Over its ten-year run, it became known for its unique brand of humor and exploration of universal themes through the eyes of a young boy and his imaginary friend. Although it’s been over twenty-five years since its final strip was published, Calvin and Hobbes remains an enduring classic that continues to inspire and delight readers of all ages.