Garfield, everyone’s favorite fictional cat, is the protagonist of the comic strip by the same name and is the creation of Jim Davis. Garfield is a cynical, fat, lazy cat who loves lasagna along with sleeping and coffee. His love of these favorites can only be surpassed by his hatred of Mondays and exercise. Although the newspaper is becoming less and less popular, this lasagna-loving cat with a disdain for Mondays is still quite recognizable; after all, Garfield is a comic strip legend! Even if you’ve been reading this comic strip for years, there’s certainly some things about Garfield that you don’t know. Here’s 20 things you didn’t know about Garfield.
1. Comic Strip Debut
Garfield debuted all the way back in 1978, June 19, to be precise! That’s thirty years of popularity which has spawned not only a legendary newspaper following, but also holiday specials, a television show, two movies, various video games, and a bunch of books, in addition to all kinds of merchandise, such as clothing, toys, phones, memorabilia, and the like. The comic strip books have been terrific hits. All eleven Garfield books have placed at the number one position on the NY Times Bestseller List. In fact, there were seven of the comic books on the list all at the same time; they had to change the way the list was put together because so many other publishers were complaining their books couldn’t get into the list because of Garfield. Garfield at Large, which was released in 1980, was at number one for two straight years; that’s over a hundred weeks! In addition, Garfield almost had a theme park in his name. It was to be a full theme park with Garfield-themed rides, water attractions, and entertainment venues. However, the idea was scraped. Nonetheless, there was a dark water ride at Kennywood in Pennslyvania called “Garfield’s Nightmare”. That’s as close as it ever got.