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The Complete Calvin and Hobbes Hardcover – Box set, Sep 6 2005

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  • Hardcover: 1440 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing; Slp edition (Sept. 6 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0740748475
  • ISBN-13: 978-0740748479
  • Product Dimensions: 28.7 x 13.5 x 31.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 10 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 141 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,103 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Starred Review. [Signature]Reviewed by Art SpiegelmanBy the 1980s the once glorious newspaper comics section had become a wasteland, ravaged by shrinking space, editorial timidity and other ills. The real excitement in my medium had moved to the fertile margins of the alternative press. Bill Watterson, as uninterested in underground comix as I was in the mass media's bland concoctions, marched directly into the wasteland and made the comatose syndicated strip form kick up its heels and dance.From 1985 until Watterson abandoned it at the height of its popularity 10 years later, Calvin and Hobbes echoed the classic strips the artist most admired. Stirring the richly conceived characters and efficient drawing of Peanuts with the visual virtuosity and linguistic playfulness of Pogo and Krazy Kat, he applied his intelligence and supple cartoon skills to come up with a creation beloved by the millions who still mourn its passing.Now, a decade after his demise, six-year-old Calvin has a fitting monument—a lavishly produced three-volume boxed collection of all the strips, which weighs as much as a tombstone. Following in the wake of Gary Larson's The Complete Far Side, and with a 250,000-copy "limited edition" first printing, the publisher realistically predicts that this book will be "the heaviest and most expensive book ever to hit the New York Times best seller list." While not as exquisitely wrought as Walt and Skeezix, the recently launched reprinting of Frank King's epic run of Gasoline Alley, or as intimate and dignified as Fantagraphics' ongoing republication of all 50 years of Peanuts, this luxurious set is dressed for success and deserves an honored spot on the happily expanding shelves of strip reprints.The Complete Calvin and Hobbes offers two intertwined narratives. One details the friendship between Calvin—the egotistical, feverishly imaginative, wised-up young tyke with the vocabulary of a Yale lit major—and his animal familiar, Hobbes. Hobbes is seen by Calvin's parents as a nondescript plush toy and by Calvin and the reader as a pouncing and amiable "real" tiger—Calvin's slightly-more-sensible better half. The crosscutting between private and shared reality gives the strip its vitality.The autobiographical introduction by the notoriously reclusive Watterson kicks off another tale about the collision of private and shared realities: the story of an ornery artist's battle to explore his craft within the claustrophobic confines of a few inches of newsprint space. The beleaguered Watterson fights the strictures of brutal daily deadlines, skirmishes with editors to win more space for his often graceful Sunday pages, slugs it out with his syndicate to keep his creation from being reduced to a stuffed doll. The later strips begin to dwell obsessively on the horrors of our dumbed-down commodity culture, and there's something poignant about the artist's hopeless struggle to work within the confines of mass culture while simultaneously critiquing it. These books offer a testament to Watterson's dedication and to the medium's ability to keep reinventing itself against all odds. (Oct.)Art Spiegelman is the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Maus and In the Shadow of No Towers.
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I've been a fan of Calvin & Hobbes since they first came out, and bought all the yearly (or so it seemed) anthologies when they were released, happily re-reading each at intervals. Those yearly releases were paperbacks, so when this hard-back bound volume came out, I had to add it to the collection. Not only does it have every strip in it, but they are in a well-made and attractive set. What's not to like if you're a Calvin & Hobbes fan?

This may not be an inexpensive collection, but considering the content it's a good value. There's hard-bound books inside a slip case, all nicely bound and presented. As a book collector, I appreciate good bindings and presentations, and this set ranks with some of the best mass-market releases I've seen. It's durable, and likely to last.

Every Calvin & Hobbes cartoon strip and all the weekend larger strips are here, along with a set of introductory notes about how the strip came into being, and illustrated to show the development of the characters. That's interesting reading, but of course the focus is on the strips. You get three strips to a page, or one weekend strip to a page, and they are in chronological order. Having all the Calvin & Hobbes together in one collection is great, and I've enjoyed working my way through this collection enormously. Highly recommended.
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If you're a true C&H fan, you should *already* own this set. The books are so well put together - the quality of the printing and weight of the paper is fantastic. They don't feel fragile at all; they are actually quite heavy, especially considering they aren't hardcover. When I purchased this the list price was $65 + free shipping, and I feel it's an amazing set for that price.
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By FrKurt Messick HALL OF FAME on Feb. 15 2006
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I am writing this on my birthday, having received this as a gift just yesterday. I can't think of a better gift for one's birthday! I have been a fan of Calvin and Hobbes for a very long time - indeed, I have given a lecture that drew upon images and actions of Calvin and Hobbes along with commentary based on their theological/philosophical counterparts. If you think about it, there is a good deal of Calvinist thinking in Calvin, and a good deal of Hobbesian philosophy in Hobbes. But that is, blessedly for most, not the main idea of the books here.
This beautifully produced three-volume set is the complete collection of Calvin and Hobbes cartoon strips from the newspapers over the decade that Bill Watterson produced them. I have several paperback editions of these strips, but it invariably happens that a strip I remember is not among the ones I have. For example, for the longest time I searched for the one in which Calvin expresses his difficulty with mathematics, and Hobbes explains that this is nothing - wait until he reaches imaginary numbers (like eleventeen, thirty-twelve, and other such, which tigers of course have a natural instinct for). It might take some thumbing through to find things, but then, who would mind going through this glorious collection?
All of the characters are here - Calvin and Hobbes, and all the long-suffering around them: the teacher Miss Wormwood, Susie, Rosalyn the babysitter, and Calvin's parents (who are not mentioned by name in the strip). There are also the bit players (imaginary or not imaginary) characters such as aliens, the doctor, the principal, Moe, dinosaurs, and more. We re-learn the rules to Calvinball, and re-enter the club G.R.O.S.S. (which is an acronym that stands for Get Rid Of Slimy girlS).
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I'm a fan of the funny pages in the newspaper. I keep my subscription to the Vancouver Sun as much for the comics page as I do for anything else they print, and there some days I'm so busy that all I get to read are the comics.
There are many strips I really enjoy: For Better or for Worse; Betty; Monty; Bizarro; Speed Bump; Fisher; Mutts; Dilbert; Adam; Ben; Big Nate; 9 Chickweed Lane. All of those are comics that I read daily; some of them are only available to me online because my papers don't carry them.
But if there's one strip that I just adored, it was Calvin and Hobbes.
"Calvin and Hobbes" - named after the 16th century theologian who believed in predestination, and the 17th century philosopher who called human life "solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short" - follows the adventures of a boy with an adult's maturity and penchant for finding mischief. - ABC News
A couple of days ago, I received my copy of The Complete Calvin & Hobbes.
If you're a fan of Calvin and Hobbes, it's worth every penny. The books are beautifully bound and printed on nice heavy coated paper; this is the kind of binding and paper you might well expect of those tomes of artworks museums publish - they weigh a ton! This edition is definitely meant for the dedicated fan as a permanent addition to their personal library.
If you're daunted by the price, relax. If you bought every single book, you'd spend more and still not have all the comics. If you have all the books, but this set anyways.
The first volume includes a preface with the history of the strip and commentary by Bill Watterson, the cartoonist.
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