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The Complete Calvin and Hobbes
The Complete Calvin and Hobbes
First comic: November 18, 1985
Last comic: December 31, 1995
Sabbatical: Both
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The Complete Calvin and Hobbes (ISBN 0740748475) is a Calvin and Hobbes printed collection. It was released on September 1, 2005 by Andrews & McMeel and includes all but one of the Calvin and Hobbes strips.

The collection is divided into three large books:

--Book One contains strips released November 18, 1985 (the First) to October 1, 1988 (except for September 18 and 25, 1988).

--Book Two contains strips from September 18 and 25, and October 2, 1988 to April 26, 1992.

--Book Three contains strips from April 27, 1992 to December 31, 1995 (the Final).

The Complete Calvin and Hobbes includes an original 14-page preface by Bill Watterson as well as most of the original content from all previous books.

Despite the name "Complete", many non-strip artworks from the original collections are not included.  See the wiki entries for those books for more info.

A half-dozen or so of the non-strip artworks in the "Complete" books have not (yet) been located in a previous collection by this editor.

On November 13, 2012, the collection was released in paperback. The paperback edition contains four books, as opposed to the hardcover's three books.


The hardcover edition of The Complete Calvin and Hobbes weighs approximately 23.7 pounds, which makes it difficult to carry for an average person. The paperback edition, however, weighs only 14.2 pounds.

A 2005 FoxTrot strip parodied the collection's weight; An outside view of the Foxes' house revealed that it was completely tilted on its side, with Peter inside, talking about his Calvin and Hobbes books.[1]