Top Ten Best Comic Strips

The Top Ten
1 Calvin and Hobbes

In my humble opinion, those who vote for anything other than Calvin and Hobbes have probably mostly never delved very deeply into the wonderful world Bill Watterson created in this comic strip. It stands alone and far above any other comic strip as a pure work of art. I loved the comics when I was 6. I loved the comics when I was 10. I loved the comics when I was 15. Now, at 22, I have had immense re-found joy experiencing them all over again with my wife, who is seeing them for the first time. They range from stupidly silly and hilarious to unusually heavy and evoking of deep thought. I saw myself in the strips in different (and often the same) ways throughout each of my numerous re-readings of the collection over the last 16 years. Calvin and Hobbes is pure magic, and I am ever grateful to the wizard who is Bill Watterson for sharing his gift with the world.

There isn't really a competition.
Calvin and Hobbes combines the philosophical musings and issues of adulthood with the innocence and slightly mean joy of childhood, and expresses those thoughts through an art style that jumps from the simplistic strokes Watterson uses to depict reality, to the complicated and elaborate pictures of Calvin's imagination.
The characters are a crucial, irreplaceable part of this, who with their personalities breathe life into the stories. There are parts of Calvin everyone can relate and feel opposed to, just like his down to earth dad, his overworked mom, good old Hobbes, Susie, mrs. Wormwood, Rosalyn, and the other characters inhabiting the world.
Bill Watterson did an amazing work, creating stories that sometimes makes the reader laugh, befuddled, thoughtful, or even cry, and I can't thank him enough for it.

Bill Watterson is truly a genius, he sacrificed too much money for the love of his comic avoiding how Garfield ended, he really put the end when needed so he didn't sacrifice quality and he didn't want to sacrifice his art to please sponsors like Garfield or Peanuts did.

It may have silly strips sometimes, but it can also be deep like when they touch death from a raccoon he found and also give good replies to bs which passes as serious philosophy by some people, for example Calvin would philosophize in the manner of solipsism in one strip or objectivism in another and Hobbes being his voice of reason cuts that bs in an instant.

This is my by far my favorite comic strip in the WORLD. There are some happy moments, (like when Calvin was playing in the snow with his dad) there are a few sad moments, and best of all, it is filled with tons of hilarious parts that will leave you laughing forever. Calvin and Hobbes comics are endless pages of pure gold. If you have not read Calvin and Hobbes yet, definitely buy a book. This comic strip is treasure.

2 Garfield Garfield is a comic strip cat, created by Jim Davis in 1978. Garfield is well-known in many countries and has appeared in over 2.500 newspapers. He has also had 2 live-action movies, 3 CGI-movies and two animated TV shows, Garfield and Friends (1988-1994) and The Garfield Show (2008-2014).

Garfield is a housecat, owned by the silly cartoonist Jon Arbuckle. Garfield is no ordinary housepet. He's lazy, egocentric and have an enormous appetite. And he does not want to chase or eat mice. He loves to pull pranks as well -and he absolutely loves to kick Jon's other pet Odie off the table. more.

This is the greatest comic strip in the world. Nothing is comparable to this great comic strip that inspires joy and gives life meaning. It teaches you all sorts of amazing life lessons like sarcasm and humour, as you watch the great journey of a wonderful cat in the greatest house on earth. It helps with everything. Gets you in the holiday spirit, makes Mondays worth it, makes even the most depressed person laugh. Garfield, you're the greatest. Can't believe it's below Calivin and Hobbes, which is good but not even close to Garfield

Garfield will always be a classic. All the characters, the hilarious plots and jokes that a lot of times broke the 4th wall, which is something you don't often see in a comic strip, for example, one comic strip starts out with Garfield waking up from his sleep and smacking his lips and saying, "Wow, what a great sleep." But then he suddenly gets a terrified look on his face and says, "Oh no! I think I slept through today's strip!"
That kind of humor is genius.

I love Garfield! My reasons: The starring character is a cat. The main characters, in 1 household, are the primary inhabitants of houses: a person, Jon; a dog, Odie; and a cat, Garfield. They're all great characters, fun, cute, and expressive. The strip is amazingly clever. My favorite comic strip by far.

Garfield will always be my favorite comic strip because it is consistently hilarious without ever making reference to the economy or any political group that no one wants to hear about when looking for a laugh.

3 Peanuts

Peanuts reflected political satire in the mid- fifties, had a Family Circus-like theme in its earliest years, was truly believable and iconic in the late 50's and throughout the 60's and the early 70's (not to mention many sledding disaster strips that would later be reworked into Calvin and Hobbes), and was truly there just to brighten your face through the rest of the strip's run. In all assets, it had weirdness like the far side, political satire like Pogo and Doonesbury, spontaneity and meaning like Calvin and Hobbes, and has influenced every comic strip there is, in some way.

Peanuts is so much better than Calvin and Hobbes. The characters were more likeable, relatable, real. The topics of discussion - women's athletic talent, human decency - remain relevant in today's times. The strip was actually funny, which is more than I can say about Calvin and Hobbes. I just don't find mutant snowmen funny. The characters were unlikeable (Calvin was a monster, Hobbes was woefully underdeveloped, Susie was a little brat...) And Calvin and Hobbes has started to become forgotten in time while the Peanuts remain strong. A symbol for future generations. Schulz was truly inspirational and it shows in his work. His characters are immortal. Truly, the Peanuts bests all.

Charles Schulz provided such a wonderful insight into the innocence of his characters, this comic strip spawned the classic "A Charlie Brown Christmas", which won both an Emmy and a Peabody, and I personally loved that Schulz honored our veterans. Truly a class act, never to be matched.

I can relate to just about every Peanuts character that has been created. They all had unique personalities that are timeless. I can go back and read the strips from the 50's and enjoy them as much as the last strips that were written up to 2000.

4 Big Nate

Big Nate is an American comic strip written and illustrated by Lincoln Peirce. The strip is about a boy named Nate Wright, a rebellious and energetic sixth-grader, and his classmates and teachers. Nate is portrayed as a boy with little interest in studies or conforming to standards. Because of this, he often ends up in detention. Some of the staff at the school include Mrs. Godfrey (Nate's social studies teacher and chief faculty nemesis), art teacher Mr. Rosa, Principal Nichols, Mrs. Shipulski, and Mrs. Czerwicki. Nate's best friends include Francis Pope and Teddy Ortiz. In recent strips they formed a garage band named Enslave the Mollusk, which appears to have broken up.

I like Archie, but I have to give it up for Nate. For twenty five years his comics have been running and they never fail to tickle my sense of humor. He's just too relatable; he reminds me too much of myself. But I'm sure I'm not the only one who thinks like this. Just about anyone can relate to a kid who's had to sit through a boring class that discusses about the digestive system of a fruit fly. Which makes Nate so universal.

Oh come on the books are hilarious and more funnier than The Wimpy Kid. All Greg does is repeating his life on how can he impress a girl or something but Nate does the same! But he does talk and do something new in every story. All Greg talks about is his brothers his friends and all of that no offense I really love The Diary Of A Wimpy Kid but at least make up something NEW!

Big Nate will always be one of my favorites, it was funny and had some amazing jokes and was a lot of the times relatable for a middle school kid (such as myself). And it was just the many things a kid went through going through his everyday life, but had so many good jokes and amazing execution and dialogue that made it so entertaining! I love Big Nate

5 Pearls Before Swine

Rat is my favorite. I like this one I read a while ago... About Stevie Sheep. He wrote a children's book...
"Stevie Sheep was tired of his daily sheep life... " {in short} "He rebelled against the sheep, and went to live in the woods. Instead of sheep noises, he made the opposite. Which, coincidentally, sounded like a vulnerable dying sheep. " And then you see a picture of a wolf licking his lips: "Lesson: don't make noises like a dying sheep in the woods at night, kids. "

I laugh every day because of this strip. What makes it unique is that Stephan Pastis puts himself into the comic, and not only that, but he makes himself a loser, also. It's hilarious. I love the Crocs and Rat the most. This is by far the funniest comic strip out there.

This is one of the best comics. I don't like how its drawn now, with pig so fat and goat and zebras nose so narrow and rats nose so pointy, but I still read it every day. Its one of the few comics that still make me laugh.

Awesome. Pig is stupidly funny, rat is a genius by all standards, and the crocs are hilarios. Zebra is kinda boring and there's nothing that goes with him except that he almost gets eaten, and Goat is a bi of a blowhard. RAT=Genius

6 FoxTrot

One of the greatest strips of all time. A great mix of family comedy, pop culture, science, and nerd culture. The Foxes are hands down my favorite comic family. A lot of the strips on this list could be amusing, but Foxtrot was FUNNY. I really think that it help shaped my sense of humor.

I just got the ENTIRE series of books for this strip and am loving every minute of it. I love the story where the dad quits his job (to try day trading stocks on the internet), and I love all the jokes. Jason is such a funny character, too!

As much as I love Calvin and Hobbes, this strip gets the edge by having such lovable, funny and 3-dimensional characters.

This strip has been my favorite for years and years. Jason is my hero. It's the only reason I buy the Boston Globe.

7 The Far Side

Wether it be the genius child who can't open a door, the visual concept of a cannibal cow, or a deer with a target for a birthmark, Far Side never failed to aowed us to laugh at the absurdities of our own lives and feel a little better for it.

We are living in a World full of constant annoyances and irritations, the farside manages to transform our constant troubles into pure heaven, and it does this because it is genius.

The far side makes me laugh because its full of random stuff that no one but gary larson can think up. Fir example, chicken invasions, janitors running tests on old apple core, and other crazy stuffz.

Gary Larson Extends the meaning of Te ar Side 2 the next level!

I used to use these in my Speech Pathologist job + they are so funny 2!

8 Dilbert

This is the one comic strips that inspired office working class comedy of today! Without this comic strips, I seriously doubt that shows and movies that dealt with office situation comedy such as The Office and Office Space would ever the same as we all know it. Don't let this comic strips make you think that it's only appealing to office workers, instead it's for everybody who's able to get jokes, knows computers computers, and relate to work. To me, there was never a single day where Scott Adams failed to make me laugh ^^ that's why Dilbert has still is going over two decades since it begun.

The only reason this comic is not number one is that it's a smart comic; many people do not understand it.

With its great characters and funny strips, Dilbert is the best.

Microsoft released Dilbert's Desktop Games (as DreamWorks Interactive) on CD-ROM as a PC arcade game for Windows involving Dilbert and his friends.

I read my Dad's Way Of The Weasels copy aged 11 and it's still with me today.

9 Beetle Bailey

This one should definitely be among the top ten. It has numerous things going for it: funny characters; funny situations; often concise writing; good drawing style; good characterizations. It is also the type of comic that should be on the list: a gag-a-day strip that also features some good, old-fashioned slapstick type humor. This strip also does not go to extremes with reality or fantasy; it is in the middle - another plus for this comic strip. However it went into a decline in the 1980's after unfortunate complaints about its humor. As a result, it was toned down and became more politically correct.

10 Dennis The Menace

There are 2 comics that are a bit too confused to see but you may understand on what country is made for the strip.

British- Dennis is nothing but more of an anti-hero and a bad behaved schoolboy who completely terrorize and tortured the Softies, those effeminate boys and they're antagonist. Some of his companions like Jinx and Dodger are also bad behaved and their rivals are Bash Kids Street and some other gags. At the end he was disciplined by his parents with his (father) slippers.

American- Dennis is an innocent but more of a trouble maker who often made disastrous results over his neighbors and kids around him. Mr. Wilson, an earlier Squidward of this strip, is an innocent neighbor who loves to plant and he lives with his wife Mrs. Wilson, but Dennis often made a nice thing to him but only made a disastrous things happened.

So the result is that they're different.

And they're still exist until now but at least I read the comics on Google.

I saw the American movie it was awful that is not Dennis the Menace its just some blond kid.

Pogo, Lil Abner, the Far Side, Bloom County and because...and if you disagree with me, you are dead from the neck up.

I like both versions, ok? UK Dennis is funny and US Dennis is adorable!

The Contenders
11 Bloom County

Best comic strip ever. Period end. Every character in this strip, including the ones that only show up occasionally, are not only quite relatable but very funny. The storylines are still hilarious. Comic strips just do not get better than Bloom County.

Hilarious and clever with great characters, especially Opus who should come out of retirement. How about a Movie?
Also, contributed a great public service warning about the danger of listening to too much Barry Manilow music

This is truly the best there is. Clever humor, unforgettable characters, and most of all, downright hilarious. Easily my favorite comic strip of all time.

Greatest comic strip ever. Loved the characters and storylines. Insanely post-modern fun.

12 Hagar the Horrible

This is the only comic strip that never failed to make me laugh, and that's something.

The lines. The art work. A good mixture of characters. Us Scandinavians no how to laugh at our selves

13 B.C.
14 The Adventures of Tintin

The Adventures of Tintin is a wonderful comic book series by Herge. Sadly, he died before completing the last book. This is a series about a teenager called Tintin, his dog Snowy and his friend Captain Haddock. Tintin is a journalist but he is rarely seen submitting a story. Instead, he solves crime and is more of a detective than a journalist. Herge has combined suspense, drama and humor to make this wonderful series. I would recommend it for children aged 9+.

I watched the movie

These are so funny

15 Archie

Heck no! All the characters always think about getting crabby which is their true personality, Archie is spoiled, nobody would change their names completely, it wouldn't stop making Sonic & Mega Man comics, it wouldn't make Super Monkey Ball comics, & I hate them because they met Glee instead of Beavis & Butthead! So this should be on the very bottom of this damn list! Calvin & Hobbes should be ranked top 1! I'll bet Nintendo hates Archie Comics too, which is why there's no Archie Mario comic spin-offs, Archie Metroid comic spin-offs, Archie Kirby comic spin-offs & Archie F-Zero comic spin-offs & more! Then we wouldn't have minded the wack Archie Comics.

Soon after the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles became extremely popular, comic strip publishing company Archie Comic Publications released a few of those comic books based off the animated series from the 80s.

Archie is an icon! Very historically important to comic history, but gets way too much hate, and way too much bad reboots that try too hard to be dark and edgy! At least the DIC version was a blend between dark and light.

Betty Cooper is so temperamental, bossy, annoying & aggressive like Veronica Lodge. Also, Archie needs to start coming in 3D.

16 The Family Circus

I know it's corny, but it's still a classic, and it was one of the first comics I ever saw.

This is pure bull. No wonder Pastis mocks this the most.

Should be number 1

17 Zits

I love so many comics in this list, and the top 5 is quite good (except for Pearls before Swine)but I had to vote for Zits. The author and drawer really use the every-day situations, and family happenings. It deals with teenager-parent problems, and it always ends with a bit of laughter. And sometimes, maybe it isn't funny, but you can feel the depth inside this comic.

As an avid comic strip fan, I have to say that much like C&H, Zits illustrates the workings of a young mind in a hilarious and truthful way. Parents and children alike can relate to the "ordeals" of Jeremy and his family.

A comic strip that applies to everyday life, and isn't cheesy, like 'Garfield' or 'Family Circus'.

One of the few comic strips that's still funny.

18 Sonic the Hedgehog Sonic the Hedgehog, trademarked Sonic The Hedgehog, is the title character and protagonist of the Sonic the Hedgehog series released by SEGA, as well as numerous spin-off comics, five animated shows, and an animated OVA.
19 Ziggy

I love Ziggy! It was just so fun to see a normal guy go throughout his day and run through many shenanigans. Also, does anyone else notice that aliens is a recurring theme in Ziggy?

20 Blondie

I'm 75 always have liked Blondie series but I think of it more as Dagwood series and not Blondie... Netflix has several films from the 40s statting Arthur Lake as Dagwood... Will make your day better...

I still love this comic to this day!

21 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is an American 3D rendered computer animated television series based on the fictional superhero team. It aired on Nickelodeon in the United States from September 29, 2012 to November 12, 2017.

Not really sure this is a comic...

22 Sonic & Mega Man: Worlds Collide
23 He-Man & the Masters of the Universe

Gee, this could be at least top 5, not just top 52.

If only He-Man came back in 3-D.

P.S. Semen & the Masters of the Universe

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