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Three Friends and Crumbs, children's stories

FORGET the Caped Crusader, the Web-Slinger and the Man of Steel. For me there is only one true comicbook hero and the only time he wears a mask is when his imagination lets loose as Stupendous Man.

His name is Calvin.

And like all comic creations he has a sidekick – his trusty stuffed toy tiger Hobbes.

I first came across Calvin and Hobbes while searching for a book to read on a family holiday. I found Yukon Ho! and my collection built from there.

On a basic level, I liked the idea of a boy getting up to mischief with his pal of which only he can see come to life. But creator Bill Watterson did more than that. He used the strips to provide social commentary on business, philosophy and culture – made all the more amusing coming from the mouth of a six-year-old schoolboy.

His illustrations ranged…

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