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.