I found out about this in an odd way, through this announcement:
So I guess I'll be looking at the original art in a couple of weeks.
Calvin & Hobbes is about the best comic strip I've ever read. It irritates me when I read knock-offs to this day -- they just don't get it.
Yep -- Watterson managed the unique feat of making his strip both very funny and often thought-provoking at the same time. The other classic that managed the same in its unique way was The Far Side which I'm sure was at least partly inspired by Herman, another classic.
Alexandra Kitty said:
It was quite a feat that he never veered off course with his strip. His worldview was utterly fascinating, but not so easy to duplicate. I loved C&H and I loved Herman for the same reason, unfortunately Jim Unger passed away, but when he returned with Herman, it was like he never went away. In wonder is a C&H encore would be the same -- or would he go into a deeper philosophical mode...because his strips were philosophy lectures with awesome illustrations!
...I saw another comment about Watterson's return on this board that I did not get , I thought it was about the refrences to Pastis' wife leaving him in that week of PBS strips . I did see ,the Watterson panels , and I think I noticed especially how the " monsters " one was similar to Watterson , when he drew that sort of thing in C&H , but I don't think I though " Is Watterson ghosting those ? " .
If you really like those Bill Watterson Pearls Before Swine strips, they're up for sale: "Calvin and Hobbes’ Bill Watterson is Auctioning Off his Original Pearls Before Swine Art"