If you haven’t heard of Calvin or Hobbes, turn off the computer, switch off the phone and walk over to the library and pickup at least (if you can limit yourself to one) one of Bill Watterson’s comic collections. Get home, sit on the couch, make sure you don’t have to get up, and start reading.
I guarantee you that you will be captivated by the amazing sequence of (generally) plain black-and-white comic strips. The forever six-year-old’s imagination will definitely surpass yours. You probably will not be able to comprehend the extent of this kid’s imagination. After all, he managed to imagine that a stuffed tiger would jump on him every time he came home from school. Also, he managed to imagine the tiger saying things even we don’t understand the meaning of.
After all, their version of monopoly is never fair. Calvin robs the bank, Hobbes starts asking for money back with interest. They have their own “chance” cards where the whole game changes. It goes like, at first a regular game but ends up as a brutal fight to the death where Hobbes always wins because of his “mandibles of death”. They are also often heard abusing language like never before.
Calvin manages to change everything in his ordinary surroundings into something imaginative. The first alter-ego of Calvin, who is more than just prevalent in the story is none other than the courageous and daunting Spaceman Spiff. He is an outlaw in space who travels to different planets and encounters all sorts of different problems. The most common alien he faces is ZOKBAR 2, who is his own mother and ZOKBAR 1, who is his own father. Spiff’s surroundings somehow always correspond with Calvin’s situation. Spiff has a spacecraft and a ray gun, which he uses to eliminate his enemies. He also has a jet pack which he uses most frequently. Through Spiff, we can see how Calvin perceives things and how he feels, especially while he’s at school. For example, his teacher is an alien who has imprisoned him and keeps teaching some weird alien subject (math).
This is a slightly more Superman type of character, brave, masked, intellectual and with a cool cape (He’s got his underwear right, though). The amazing “Stupendous Man” is the solution to all of Calvin’s problems. Most notably, he has been noted reversing the rotations of the Earth to bring back Saturday, using a magnifying glass to burn Calvin’s school and acing one of Calvin’s tests for him, in the name of liberty.
One of the greatest gags, in Calvin and Hobbes is Calvin’s bath. Like many children, Calvin tends to be difficult when it comes to bathing. Calvin tends to go into “hiding” when his mother calls him for his bath time. He has hidden on the roof, in the chimney, in the tub with no water (“She’ll never look here”) and even inside the vacuum cleaner’s dust bag (“She would never have found me if I hadn’t sneezed”). On the days his mother overcame his tantrums, Calvin would act out fantasies to relieve the boredom of bath time. He has pictured himself as a snapping shark, a breaching whale, and a Godzilla-like monster on a rampage. Calvin also once said that he believes there may be sharks in his bath.
Calvin’s invisibility is another unexplained phenomenon in the Calvin and Hobbes series. Calvin “presented” his invisible being for Show and Tell. After he completed performance, Calvin intended to leave the classroom, unstoppable as long as he was invisible. Once more, Calvin seemed convinced of his alter ego’s reality, pretending that his condition was real even when his teacher angrily picked him up and brought him back to his seat. Calvin has also tried to use his invisibility to raid the fridge or to steal cookies.
Let me assure you that Calvin’s imagination is not limited to this. His wacky imagination goes way beyond expectations and it sometimes difficult to analyze what is real and isn’t.
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