Calvin And Hobbes

Calvin and Hobbes were two very influential people in Western thought. Though, as they lived a century apart, we at Cracked are not exactly sure why they're lumped together in the same Topic Page. But anyway...

Two completely unrelated dead dudes.

Just The Facts

  1. John Calvin was a very influencial 16th-century French theologian durning the Protestant Reformation.
  2. Thomas Hobbes was a 17th-century English philosopher who felt that life in the state of nature was "solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short".
  3. Wait... that's not what we're talking about?

Oh, THAT Calvin and Hobbes...

Calvin and Hobbes is a comic strip written and illustrated by Bill Watterson between 1985 and 1995. The strip is widely regarded as one of the best and most intelligently-written comic strips ever made, as it frequently made social commentary on everything ranging from the ills of commercialism to the pretentiousness of the art world.

Legacy

While many popular comic strips cash in on merchandising opportunities in their heyday, Bill Watterson was staunchly anti-merchandising. Watterson believed in the integritiy of his work, and felt that any attempt to create Calvin and Hobbes merchandise would ultimately betray the spirit of the strip.

Shown above: the yin to Bill Watterson's yang

This means the only Calvin and Hobbes merchandise you will ever see anywhere (other than the treasury books) is illegal bootleg material. The most infamous example of this bootleg merchandise is the "Calvin urinates on [WHAT YOU DISLIKE]" series of vehicle window decals.

On the plus side, these decals just scream "The driver of this vehicle is a moron!", so at least they serve some purpose as a public warning to the masses.