No Right Answer: Best Sunday Comic

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Calvin and hobbes FTW, same for the far side. Probably the most deeply philosophical comic strips I know of.

I was also fairly fond of foxtrot for it's weird mix of family fare and nerdiness. Plus, the author of foxtrot retired a few years ago, just as his comics where getting stale. It's always good to see an author recognize they've reached the end of a certain creative work, and I quite respect him for that (unlike the author of dilbert, who's quality has gone down notably in the last few years, despite the 90s' strips being quite good).

The first comics I thought of when I saw the title were Dilbert and Garfield. Both of which I think are better than Peanuts and C&H.

Garfield one of the worst national comics. Seriously. 90% of the strips amount to "Garfield is fat and/or angry! Now that's comedy gold!" Their is no strip that comes anywhere close to Calvin and Hobbes.

This is one of those comparisons that pit two different universes against each other. Peanuts is a media icon, but Calvin and Hobbes has more intrinsic value.

This situation is somewhat like comparing Marvel to DC, at least in movies. Marvel movies nowadays are always epic, fun, and intelligent all at the same time. DC movies are more of a mixed bag - due to different production studios, I guess. But everyone knows and have known Batman and Superman. Only comic readers could name the Avengers before their movies came out...

Calvin and Hobbes is high art. Peanuts is minimalist art. They are both genius in their own way.

Oh, right. I guess my analogy is tangential, in some ways.

I'll give Peanuts credit, it's holiday specials hold a place in my heart but no other comic, not in newspaper or a webcomic, has made me cry, other then the last Calvin and Hobbes strip, which was published on December the 31st 1995.


Dominic Crossman:
Never heard of C&H but have seen the pissing on football team shirt thing on back of car,
So from a British POV its gotta be peanuts

There a has been a lot of I'm british so I've not heard X so Y wins debates for me recently.

No no no. Please don't form your opinion of Calvin and Hobbes based on those crappy decals. They have absolutely nothing to do with the comic. They were made without the creators consent and go against everything the strip represented.

Sorry if didn't make myself clear but I know nothing about c&h and didnt even realise the decal/picture was anything to do with it until this video was made. I'm not judging it by that, but rather not at all as I habe no basis off which I can honestly jugde it one way or another.
Also Jackie Chan likes Snoopy from peanuts so it must be awesome.

I'm actually related to Bill Watterson so anything I might write on this topic is bound to be incredibly bias!

I would wholeheartedly recommend the C&H book Scientific Progress Goes "Boink" :)

If we are going to discuss strips we love then I confess to loving Dilbert but Boondocks rocks my world!

Put in another vote for C&H and the Far Side. I loved them when I was a kid and I still do (in fact, the first thing I was actually able to read on my own as a kid was a C&H book).

I never liked Peanuts all that much myself, but the characters are undeniably iconic. I'm not sure it was really all that suited for a comic strip format; comics are structured around intermittent punchlines, wheras the impact of Peanuts seems to seep out from the big picture the mass of strips slowly assembles. To me, at least.

Dilbert seems pretty good, if predicable. Get Fuzzy, Foxtrot, Bizarro and Pearls I either admire or have a soft spot for. I also read a Bloom county book as a kid and devoured it, despite large sections of the humor going straight over my head. Maybe I should try rereading it.

they don't beat garfield... maybe Dilbert. Still like Dilbert. Also what about Non sequiter and Beetle Bailey?

Did you know that Bettle Bailey is the brother of Lois from Hi & Lois?

Mort Walker co-created Hi & Lois as a spin-off; sometimes Bettle makes an appearance.

I enjoy Garfield Minus Garfield.

A discussion of Calvin and Hobbes with out Calvinball? Argument invalid, C&H is by far superior. The Far Side is as good in humor but C&H is introspective alongside its antics.

Oh good, I was glad to see that some americans thought the same way about American Wilfred that I do.
They completely dropped any parts of the concept that made the Australian Wilfred fantastic.
They tried to give wilfred a reason for doing what he does, WILFRED IS A DOG.

That's what I logged in to say, the video was alright too I guess.

Only one way to settle this: Spaceman Spiff vs. the World War I Flying Ace in a winner take all showdown.

I think the comments section pretty much fell in favor of Calvin and Hobbes.

Calvin and Hobbes, I say, trumps the Peanuts. Why? Well...

1. Calvinball. Everyone loves this. I still say it needs to be an Olympic sport.
2. It didn't sell out. Peanuts got commercial, which I think contributed to it getting as big as it did. Watterson said C&H was good enough to stand on his own and damn if he isn't right.
3. Heart. For as smart a strip as Calvin and Hobbes is, it had just as much heart. Peanuts had heart, yes, but it never did much outside of that.
4. The impersonator. Maybe it's just me, but I don't see any impersonators of the Peanuts gang running around. Calvin and Hobbes, though, has a very good impersonator in the Sunday comics; specifically, Red and Rover.

I could never get into Peanuts. The characters were all too depressing for my pre-pubescent brain. Ended up just being vaguely annoyed with the shows and avoided the comics.

Loved Calvin & Hobbes and wished Watterson would try doing more or making a new project.

Calving and Hobbs without a doubt. Peanuts is fine and may be more well known, but Calvin and Hobbs (like so many have said already) has way more depth. Enough that it's still quite enjoyable for me to pull out my big book of those comic strips and enjoy them as an adult. They are also more funny than peanuts and often have better art.

Side note:
Hobbs is not imaginary. Calvin simply sees him one way (as a real tiger) and everyone else sees him the other (as a stuffed tiger). Hobbs is completely real to Calvin and is not simply a figment of his imagination. Bill Watterson said this himself.

Oi! I happen to like Garfield thank you very much.

I love how Calvin and Hobbes really connects me to my childhood. I remember reading it when I was pretty young, so I couldn't understand much of what Calvin and his big words were talking about, yet the situations he would get into, and his carefree Summer days are similar to my own childhood. I read it now with full understanding of the philosophical intrigue, yet Calvin's childish antics still speak to me.

Peanuts is a very similar comic to me, however not as intellectual, which is perfectly fine. The subjects were great, dialogue reads like a kid would speak(yet they had bouts of intelligence), characters were memorable, and the humor was great. It captures so much about life that's kinda hard to explain, plus Charlie Brown is the definition of a sympathetic character.

Garfield is just Garfield, and I would not have the comic any other way.

Just to be clear, Dan has been a fan of C&h since the beginning and owns every strip. So, he feels ya!

This was a good one. I thought the Peanuts would win even though Calvin and Hobbes are my favorite.

One of Many:
I'll give Peanuts credit, it's holiday specials hold a place in my heart but no other comic, not in newspaper or a webcomic, has made me cry, other then the last Calvin and Hobbes strip, which was published on December the 31st 1995.

I cut that strip out of my local paper and I still have it as one of my favorite pieces of art. I also own several compilations of Calvin and Hobbes, and I find it interesting that Watterson himself liked the Peanuts strip. As for Garfield, I think this one says it all:


Just to be clear, Dan has been a fan of C&h since the beginning and owns every strip. So, he feels ya!

And Chris is a longtime fan of Garfield and The Far Side. But there can be only two in a debate and so he picked the side he thought everyone would choose! No disgrace to any comics left out!

Except for Dilbert. Dilbert knows why.

Call cynisim by it's real name, realism.

I think Chris won, Peanuts are just not funny, sometimes they are but I find them funny in a depressing way. Calvin & Hobbes makes you think.

The oldest story still told often that's not from a religion has got to be Romeo and Juliet. Coming in second is a Christmas Carol.

Oh yeah there's Homer's Odyssey and Dante's Inferno, but the first one is something people read in English class then never mention again unless they're watching Oh Brother Where Art Though, and the second is really only 1/3 of the whole story.

I have never heard of Calvin and Hobbes until I saw a webpage discussing a hypothetical contest between Calvin and Bart Simpson over who could scare off a babysitter the fastest.

On the one hand, there's a single-frame Calvin and Hobbes comic that's just the two of them staring at a tree stump as Calvin says "I think the surest sign that there's intelligent life out in space is the fact that it hasn't tried to communicate with us." And that's always been one of my favorite quotes of all time.

On the other hand, there's this:


I challenge you to work in an office and not like Dilbert.

Doesn't make it a good strip. Observational humor is pretty easy/basic. It doesn't take much insight to poke fun at the mundane parts of life.

What DOES make it a good comic is the almost painfully good aim it has. It's one thing to poke fun at your idiot boss, it's another to do it and make the reader think "Oh God, I had that exact boss doing that exact thing." Scott Adams is so good at it that "Pointy-Haired Boss" is now a popular description of an oblivious manager.

Plus, it's not afraid to take things to their logical extreme for genuinely funny effect (travel budget got cut again, time to get out the giant slingshot...)

OT: Calvin and Hobbes all the way, if only because I have endless respect for Bill Watterson after the Great No-Franchising War.

One of Many:
I'll give Peanuts credit, it's holiday specials hold a place in my heart but no other comic, not in newspaper or a webcomic, has made me cry, other then the last Calvin and Hobbes strip, which was published on December the 31st 1995.

...So many feels.

I have the entire ten years of strips in one three-book collection (Sundays are all in full color, too!). I've read through it four times. And every time I reach the last page, I get this bittersweet hollow feeling. And tears. I get tears.


Oh c'mon. C&H wins and everybody knows it. Peanuts may have some emotional depth and a little funny to it but it seems like that's all it has. C&H combined great art, awesome humor, incredible philosophy, and touching moments all into one endearing package that is timeless. When you first read it when you were young, you wanted a friend just like Hobbes. When you read it, you wish you could explore all the neat worlds that Watterson loved to draw. You may not have understood even any of the philosophical parts of the comic at the time when you were young but it didn't matter because C&H isn't a one-trick pony. Peanuts was licensed. C&H was not and yet its popularity still reached legendary heights. I, myself, owe Watterson something for helping me make my childhood more awesome with C&H.

Dang, I'm probably biased but I regret nothing all the same. There may be some darkness but man, it really is a magical world as well.

Oh, and BTW: Bloom County's also really great but it's got some issues with it that C&H doesn't have.

RJ 17:

On the other hand, there's this:

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Calvin and Hobbes easily wins it from me, it's more consistently funny and far more deep than any other of the newspaper comics. A decent measure for how funny something is is to use TvTropes and see how many pages are named after it, C&H-7 Peanuts-1.
Although I will always have a soft spot for Insanity Streak.


RJ 17:

On the other hand, there's this:

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Thanks for the heads up, should be fixed now.

You cannot count all those "Calvin pissing on things" because they are not Calvin
Bill NEVER licensed anything in C&H for ANYTHING except the books and he has stated that he never will.
Which is why they are always poorly drawn from the back and Hobbes is never around.

Instead talk about how Bill fought with the Comic syndicate and forced them to allow him to change the format
talk about the art of C&H and the imagination and the Philosophy

If I had to pick one comic to read for the rest of my life
Calvin & Hobbes
Peanuts wouldn't even make it into the top 10

Another vote for C&H here. Peanuts has depth of character but that character doesn't really have penetration outside of the strips themselves. Yes, Peanuts is iconic but that is more as a brand than as a story. Like many others here, I think the only strip that can even try to share a stage with C&H is Far Side. They are the two most consistently funny comics ever written. I also have several Bloom County collections as well but it is a bit too topical to hold up as well as C&H and Far Side.

I think every kid can empathize with Calvin and every parent can empathize with his mother and father. The Peanuts characters might be someone you know or knew, Clavin and his parents are someone you are.

Far Side has always been a favorite of mine.
C&H Has always made for a charming and witty comic.
Peanuts I didn't even notice or love as a kid until after it came out of the comics. Voices really gave it life for me.

If you guys really want to see the love for Peanuts, come to the Twin Cities and check out all the various Snoopy, Linus, Lucy, and Charlie Brown statues all over the place. I just wish the jerkwads that owned the rights to Peanuts didn't force the removal of Camp Snoopy from the Mall of America just because they advertised it outside of Minnesota. *grumbles at copywright laws*

I'm also Nthing love of The Far Side. Just simple ridiculousness without a lot of pretense.

One of Many:
I'll give Peanuts credit, it's holiday specials hold a place in my heart but no other comic, not in newspaper or a webcomic, has made me cry, other then the last Calvin and Hobbes strip, which was published on December the 31st 1995.

...and now I need to find high ground before I am drowned by all the feels this post will produce.

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