A six-year-old boy named after a 16th century philosopher whose attitude is matched only by his imagination. A stuffed anthropomorphic tiger. Calvinball. Spaceman Spiff. Killer snowmen. G.R.O.S.S. Tracer Bullet. Stupendous Man. Those characters, alter egos, games, and ideas all came from the mind of one man, Bill Watterson, who for 10 years and 3,160 strips captured the imaginations of hyperactive children and their nostalgic parents everywhere with his one-of-a-kind comic strip, Calvin and Hobbes.
Yesterday was Watterson’s 54th birthday, and although he has no plans to resurrect Calvin and/or Hobbes any time in the near future, or at all, fans of his work keep creating tributes to the greatest comic strip of all-time (sorry, Cathy!). We’ve covered tattoos, Christmas spectaculars, and sneakers before, but here are 12 more.