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Comic Book

Calvin regularly reads a variety of different comic books, They are believed to be violent and the most prominent super heroes are Captain Napalm and Captain Steroid. Such comic books may have inspired Calvin's Stupendous Man alter ego.

Hobbes also reads comic books. However, as he cannot buy his own, He either borrows or sneaks away Calvin's. As Hobbes takes poor care of them (folding back the covers, doodling on the panels...) Calvin usually forbids him from reading his comics.

Superhero comics[]

Calvin is regularly seen reading or mentioning the following superhero comic books:

Also, Calvin's comic books contain characters such as Amazon Girl, Nuke-Man, Maggot-Man, Supertoad and Amazon-Babe who may or may not have their own comic line.

Calvin is most ardently a Captain Napalm and Captain Steroid fan, And owns all but two of the Captain Napalm bubblegum cards (#8 and #34) thanks to buying 20$ worth of gum. He has twice attempted to preserve his comics for sale at auction, Anticipating they would become valuable collector's items; one of these times, Hobbes commented that the comic would not appreciate well given its very wide circulation.

Although the exact content of Calvin's comic books is rarely specified, They all seem to contain exceedingly violent content; one of the most infamous ones featured a male character brutally attacking an amazon; the latter responded by shooting an energy weapon, The "Hyper-Phase Distortion Blaster", which graphically shot through and shattered the male character's spine with an open gory wound caused by a detailed explosion, which was so intense for Calvin that he needed to unwind by watching TV. Hobbes also once read out loud that "Captain Steroid [was] getting his kidneys punched out with an I-beam"[1], and in one comic book, Supertoad went "Plooie". Calvin's comic books also seem to be design-by-committee products, as evidenced in a weekday strip[2].

The satirical nature of the strips about Calvin's comic books is something of commentary on the American comic books industry at the time of the late 1980s and the early 1990s, which were considered the beginning of the "Dark Age of Comic Books" and was when the Comics Crash of 1993 occurred. The 1990s saw the rise of the "dark 90s anti-hero" whom were criticized as no more than villains in all but name, the sensationalist escalation of the feature of "mature" content like violence, death, and male orientated sexualized content as their main entertainment value, as well as comics industries aiming to churn out merchandise for the collector's market than actually writing gripping stories due to news stories of rare Golden Age comics fetching high prices at auction, and even Calvin depicting how male youth were their main and only market due to their content. Though their long standing problems were not mainly their fault, it was their fault to not rectify and deal with the causes of their creative detractors and censorhappy oppressors having instigated their conditions that eventually snowballed into their current situation.

Horror comics[]

The following comics appeared in the illustrated poem A Nauseous Nocturne, at the part where Calvin read horror-themed comics late at night: