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The Essential Calvin and Hobbes
The Essential Calvin and Hobbes
First comic: November 18, 1985
Last comic: May 17, 1987
Sabbatical: None
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The Essential Calvin and Hobbes (ISBN 0836218051) is the first Calvin and Hobbes treasury.


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Artwork on the back cover.

The book was released in September 1988. Containing a forward by Charles M. Schulz, the treasury compiles the strips from Calvin and Hobbes and Something Under the Bed Is Drooling, with the reprinted Sunday comics being in color.

The daily strip from May 23, 1987 is included in this collection.  It is missing from Something Under the Bed is Drooling (which ends May 22, 1987), and from Yukon Ho! (which starts May 24, 1987).

All of the non-strip art in this collection is included in The Complete Calvin and Hobbes hardcover.

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from A Nauseous Nocturne

The Essential Calvin and Hobbes includes an original illustrated poem ("A Nauseous Nocturne"), and artwork on the back cover of a giant Calvin rampaging through Chagrin Falls, Ohio.