Did Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons really strip Calvin and Hobbes?


In the latest Comic Book Legends Revealed, see if Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons really made a special comic book for Calvin and Hobbes.

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Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons did a Calvin and Hobbes comic.



Earlier this month, the following passage was shared on social media:

Twenty-seven years ago the infamous Calvin and Hobbes Color Strip of November 14, 1994 was published in various newspapers, the only strip in the series not written and illustrated by strip creator Bill Watterson. It was also the first and only Color Band created by legendary comic book author Alan Moore and artist Dave Gibbons, who were hired by Universal Press Syndicate to capitalize on the band’s popularity while Watterson was on his second 9-month sabbatical from April. December 4-31, 1994. He was treated with disdain by longtime fans, who felt his darker tone went against the fundamentals of the band and was heavily derived from earlier work by Moore and Gibbons. at DC Comics. Watterson himself, who as we all know fiercely protects the integrity of Calvin and Hobbes, was furious that Universal Press had gone behind his back to produce this, and therefore all remaining copies of the tape. in the syndication offices were destroyed and was omitted from the Calvin and Hobbes collections which have been published over the years.

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Bill Watterson is known to protect his most famous figures, having chosen to fight against licenses for toys or other merchandise (and he took that position when he technically did not have the contractual right to do so, but ultimately his union appreciated keeping him happy with the income he would have received from merchandising, which was quite a risk for Watterson to take given that the union could have replaced him on the strip in theory) and he went. even pronounced against the fact of wanting to have an animated adaptation of his work, explain to Mental Floss, “The visual sophistication of Pixar blows my mind, but I have no interest in animating Calvin and Hobbes. If you’ve ever compared a movie to a novel it’s based on, you know the novel is clubbed. is inevitable, because different media have different strengths and needs, and when you make a movie, the movie’s needs are met. As a comic, Calvin and Hobbes works just as I intended. There is no advantage for me to adapt it. “

However, Watterson was a little more open when it came to allowing Calvin and Hobbes to be used by other creators, as his old friend, Brookley Breathed, had been making an April Fool’s Day tradition ever since. a few years now when Calvin and Hobbes would intersect with Bloom County (with Breathed claiming that Watterson had sold him the rights to Calvin and Hobbes, explaining that Watterson was “continent and eagerly awaiting well-deserved financial security”).

Breathed went on to have quite a long history earlier this year with a Hobbes lost in Bloom County.

It is therefore not excluded that Watterson allowed Moore and Gibbons to make a sort of Calvin and Hobbes riff in 1994. However, this is not true. It’s just a clever internet hoax.

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First of all, to keep it simple, here is the actual Calvin and Hobbes comic that took place on November 14, 1994 …

So this is all really wrong at first glance, as there was no filler tape for Watterson. As I said, he allowed his friend Breathed to use his characters, but he never had other people to replace him on his tapes (nor Watterson’s idol, Charles Schulz, despite the fact that ‘a number of comic book legends have also been revealed about this, particularly one about Al Plastino’s alleged “backing” Peanuts tapes “that were not actually intended as backup tapes).

Second, the alleged comic is clearly just an edited page of Moore and Gibbons’ classic Superman Annual # 11 story, “For the Man Who Has Everything,” where Superman is somehow held captive on the day of. her birthday by Black Mercy, a plant that traps people in their dearest desire. In Superman’s case, it’s because Krypton was never destroyed. However, being such a strong person, Superman struggles with this “perfect world” which makes him almost nihilistic, while also having to come to terms with the fact that his family is probably not actually real …

As far as hoaxes go, this one was pretty good, as it used the old paper to good effect, to make it look like it was really showing an old comic from 1994 that had been cut decades ago. . Of course, if you knew Superman Annual # 11, it would have been obvious right away, but still, it was a well-made and clever hoax.


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