Comics After Alley Oop

The comic strip has been an important part of American culture for well over a century. In the past 75 years, the comics genre has seen many changes in format and style, and today there exists a rich variety of artistic styles. The following selections from the Comic Art Collection held in the Special Collections Division of Ellis Library are but a few of the many important works that either are contemporary to Alley Oop or have been created since Alley Oop was first printed. The Collection contains original art work, well-known comic issues, up-and-coming artists, underground comix, and graphic novels.


Bill Watterson.
The Calvin and Hobbes lazy Sunday book.
Kansas City: Andrews and McMeel, 1989.
©1989, Universal Press Syndicate.

Calvin and Hobbes

The antics and adventures of young Calvin and his stuffed tiger Hobbes were drawn, written, and inked solely by creator Bill Watterson. The world of Calvin and Hobbes was filled with everyday life and imagination, including a 6-year-old boy's play world of dinosaurs, superheroes, and a time machine. The strip ran from November 18, 1985- December 31, 1995 and at its height, was carried in over 2,500 newspapers. The strip received many accolades throughout its run, including several Harvey, Eisner, and Reuben Awards. The strip was so popular that newspapers paid full price for previously run strips during a sabbatical taken by Watterson. Watterson was also able to force newspaper editors to change the way they structured the Sunday comics to accommodate his artistic needs. Although Calvin and Hobbes is one of the best loved comics of all time, Watterson continually rejects licensing and merchandising opportunities to stay true to his characters.