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Weirdos from Another Planet! Paperback – January 1, 1990
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This collection has many strips that deal with Calvin's numerous unnamed alter egos, many of them very simple creations (not "characters" like Spaceman Spiff or his noir detective) but rather Calvin imagining certain professions as himself. Examples from the text include his being a pilot, an archeologist, etc.
"WFAP" also introduces us to Spaceman Spiff, as we get to see his first strip and learn of his origins as one of Calvin's alter egos.
The title of the collection comes from a prolonged strip that is about a trip Calvin and Hobbes take to Mars. The trip is undertaken because Earth is too polluted and Calvin is disgusted with humanity's treatment of the planet. The title of the collection cleverly alludes to Calvin and Hobbes, not the Martians, and Watterson raises a very interesting point with how he concludes this particular storyline.
As usual with a Calvin and Hobbes collection I found myself laughing and thinking at the same time. I enjoy when that happens! I can always count on Calvin and Hobbes to make me laugh, and to tease my brain cells a little. I love them, and these collections, for that!
Now, you know a psychologically awkward kid like Calvin would probably never survive in the real world (watch the skit on "Robot Chicken" and you'll see why). But then of course, Calvin's vivid imagination is what makes these comics so great to read. The entire series is like pizza, it's deliciously excellent.
(I know the last sentence sounds corny, so deal with it)
sure they have the collectors set, but imagine your kid trying to read that in bed. the originals are still the best.
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A great Calvin and Hobbs collection. Timeless fun. My children from ages five to twenty one all love the stories and characters.Published 2 months ago by Petersenator
This was on our adolescent grandson's wish list He is very bright and gets the nuanced humor of Calvin and Hobbes. I think it was one of his favorite gifts!Published 5 months ago by Lorie H