Five Garfield strips more disastrous than the Veteran's Day strip
After a Garfield strip appeared to portray Veterans' Day as "National Stupid Day," fans and readers exploded the way Garfield's audience does when he performs on the fence late at night, flinging shoes, pies, and the occasional brick. Jim Davis claimed, in response, that this was an oversight, and that he prepares strips months in advance without a calendar at his side. "I do not use a calendar that lists holidays and other notable days," Davis wrote. Sure, it might have been an oversight. But as an avid fan who -- from an early age -- read nearly every Fat Cat three-pack, including "20 Years and Still Kicking!", the commemorative 20th anniversary Garfield edition, I have to observe that the calendar hasn't always been absent.
But in Jim Davis's defense, most Garfield special commemorative day strips are disasters.
Here are five even more disastrous Garfield holiday strips, and one that's just disastrous in general:
New Years' Eve, 1989 Garfield is a wild and crazy guy. "Turn down those chain saws!"
The week leading up to Halloween, 1989, where Garfield was "locked fast within a time when he no longer exists."
This isn't disastrous so much as I find Jon's stable relationship with Liz the veterinarian a worrisome indication that the strip has jumped the shark.
Drugs, Gambling and Violence, all in one strip! Jim Davis noted in the 20th Anniversary Commemorative edition that he wrote this one as a joke and was amazed it made it past the censors.
This was before Jim Davis lost his events calendar.
Garfield recited the following poem:
What a dumb day
To hire some jerk
Then send him away
To celebrate work
By playing all day
This series of strips depicts Garfield living alone in an abandoned house, perhaps dead, perhaps a ghost, and one entire panel is occupied entirely by a creepy melting eye.
Jim Davis said about this in the 20th Anniversary Collection: "During a writing session for Halloween week, I got the idea for this decidedly different series of strips. I wanted to scare people. And what do people fear most? Why, being alone. We carried out the concept to its logical conclusion and got a lot of responses from readers."
But it's all fine, because there's a Garfield musical coming out!
| November 12, 2010; 7:15 PM ET
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