Contest: Calvin and Hobbes

One of our favorite comic strips ever, Calvin and Hobbes, first appeared in print today in 1985. Do you remember the first strip?

Six-year-old Calvin rigs his tiger trap with a tuna fish sandwich because, as he tells his dad, “Tigers will do anything for a tuna fish sandwich.” Calvin hooked his tiger, of course, and for the next ten years the two of them hooked us with their tales of adventure and unmatched friendship.

Calvin and Hobbes was one of five comic strips featured on the Sunday Funnies stamp pane issued in 2010. We know that many of you loved the strip as much as we did, and now’s your chance to show us how much you know about it.

First Day of Issue Ceremony Program

The first five people to correctly answer the following two questions will receive a Sunday Funnies ceremony program.

Where did creator Bill Watterson get the names Calvin and Hobbes for his beloved characters?

With the help of a large cardboard box, Calvin could turn himself into just about anything, from a fearless astronaut or a fearsome dinosaur to troublemaking clones of himself. What was Calvin’s name for the box?

Please send your answers to stampsusps at gmail dot com. Winners will be notified by email.

UPDATE (11/21): The five winners of the FDOI Ceremony Program have been notified by email. Thanks to everyone who sent in responses. We wish we had enough prizes to give to all of you!

Calvin and Hobbes © 2010 Universal Press Syndicate.

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4 thoughts on “Contest: Calvin and Hobbes

  1. Names came from Protestant Reformer John Calvin, and the 17th century English Philosopher (“Leviathan”), Thomas Hobbes.

    The box was the Transmorgafier (I think)

  2. His box was the transmorgrifier.
    John Calvin and Thomas Hobbes was who they were named after.

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