Sunday, April 12, 2009

He's one of the old gods! He demands sacrifice

One of the top classic Calvin strips. It serves as an example of what set C&H apart from other comics: It's not a simple set-up to a punchline in the last panel, but a whole and complete work that uses every inch of space. Not only that, but tonally it's a huge departure from other strips of the time (or of today, for that matter). I can only imagine the initial reaction across the country to a dark, Gothic tale of supernatural creation and destruction, wedged between Gasoline Alley and Mark Trail.

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