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Fake ‘Calvin and Hobbes’ strip sells for $14,100

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A purported original Calvin and Hobbes strip signed by Bill Watterson sold over the weekend on eBay for $14,100. There’s just one problem — well, two if you count the seller had no sales history: It’s the fabled “pills” strip, which pops up from time to time, only to be quickly discredited.

The strip in question is the well-traveled one — it’s sometimes described as the unpublished “final” installment — in which a now-medicated Calvin is more interested in completing his school report than playing with Hobbes, who, in the final heartbreaking panel, reverts to stuffed-animal form. It’s appeared in a variety of formats, both in color and in black and white.

Although fake Watterson strips crop up on auction sites from time to time, most are more convincing, and less widely circulated, than this one. The listing for the comic, which was purportedly “purchased off a kind elderly boutique owner with known ties to Bill Watterson, in Chagrin Falls in 2008,” has since been removed from eBay.

Asked by Bleeding Cool for more details about the strip’s origins, the seller reportedly said, “I can only release that information to the buyer.”

Before wading into an online auction such as that one, it’s probably a good idea to contact  The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, which houses the Bill Watterson Deposit Collection; it includes a majority of the original Calvin & Hobbes artwork. Heck, they encourage you to check with them first.

Another version of the fabled "pills" strip

Another version of the fabled “pills” strip

(via reddit)

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5 Comments

Why do people do this?
As far as I know there are only a few strips available ws Watterson didn’t sell them. They go for immense prices. Plus, you can clearly see it is not Watterson art.

clearly not his lettering

Adlai Armundsen

January 11, 2016 at 5:28 pm

I’m glad it is not real, too depressing.

It always bothers me to see stuff like this or those peeing Calvin bumper stickers. There is a lot of neat C&H fan art out there, but this and the like just seems like such sleaze.

The strip does not exist period for the fact is that the final panel if memory is correct is that of calvin and Hobbs walking off into the sunset together though that work is a fake it is one that brings me to tears as a boy loses his innocence as a child and starts growing up so sad but ah to be a kid again

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