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First Garfield Comic - by Jim Davis for June 19, 1978

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  1. Steve vai
    iXiNeRvOuS  about 11 years ago

    The Very First Garfield … Whooo Hooooo!!!

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    natureboyfig4 Premium Member about 11 years ago

    Man, I’m glad this service has deep archives. Garfield from ‘78 on, & in color - Woohoo!

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    jperes moderator almost 11 years ago

    The very first Garfield strip, originally published June 19, 1978.

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    bdc1  almost 11 years ago

    doesnt look anything like he does today, 30years= odie dummer,is that possible?, jon nerdier,and garfield accualy lost weight

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    Kellydeyo  almost 11 years ago

    Garfield is one of my all time fave’s! Look at him from then till now…… Go Garfield!!!!! I love you :-)

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    Kellydeyo  almost 11 years ago

    AAAAhhhh Garfield! Look at him from then till now! Garfield is my all time favorite :-)……. Thanks Jim Davis for making such a comic :-)…

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    phil89  almost 11 years ago

    nice……hope you’ll make some more…..

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    shrey070  almost 11 years ago

    awsome

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    shrey070  almost 11 years ago

    awsome

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    shrey070  almost 11 years ago

    awsome

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    shrey070  almost 11 years ago

    awsome

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    shrey070  almost 11 years ago

    awsome

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    gmws  over 10 years ago

    A nice Intro. Garfield Looked Fatter there. Was he put on a diet?

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    lizwilson  over 10 years ago

    Garfield’s first strip

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    Nax0r  over 10 years ago

    His first appearance

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    azsxdcfvgbhnjmkl  over 10 years ago

    i hope he can make another full year of new comic strips

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    -esha-  over 10 years ago

    presentation

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    zombiedragon  over 10 years ago

    This is apparently the first Garfield strip.

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    farclouds  about 10 years ago

    wow it is unbelievable to see how much it has changed:)i love garfield!!!

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    BoyLabu  about 10 years ago

    THE FIRST EVER GARFIELD COMIC STRIP! I CAN”T BELIEVE IT! Thanks GoCOMICS! :)

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    paintboy102  almost 10 years ago

    Garfield hasnt changed much since then…

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    Grazer  almost 10 years ago

    Garfield hasn’t changed at ALL since then.

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    paintboy102  almost 10 years ago

    Very true

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    Rakkav  over 9 years ago

    Garfield has changed a LOT since then…on the outside. :)

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    anarosa  over 9 years ago

    yeah, he´s changed a lot…but what about Michael Jackson, jennifer lopez, shakira, cher….etc. etc. etc..and all hollywood celebrities….He is like wine…better older. He´s still cute,isn´t he?

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    desturbedlio  over 9 years ago

    WOW!

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    AWESOME9802  over 9 years ago

    Wow! The first Garfield strip!

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    COWBOY7 Premium Member over 9 years ago

    This great to be able to go back this far!

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    AwesomeComicsFan  over 9 years ago

    this is cool.

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    Me_Again  about 9 years ago

    I read Garfield even though I am a dog lover.

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    diffrent  about 9 years ago

    woh!!! diffrent!!!

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    comicgirl1000  about 9 years ago

    wow

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    PookyandOdie  about 9 years ago

    This is Garfield and Jon’s first appearance. Welcome to the good, funny happy life.

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    writeuche  about 9 years ago

    i guess Garfield was chubby cos tis justteh beginning of the story… he had nochoice but to loose some weight into the story…..1978 to now is quite a long time not to loose it. Even Jon doesnt look so nerdy….

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    rocker66  almost 9 years ago

    he kinda looks taller and fatter and odie looks weird

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    calvinhobbesrock4evr  almost 9 years ago

    THey look weird

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    baket007  almost 9 years ago

    i agree they do look weird lol x

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    iphone24  almost 9 years ago

    wow garfield is so fat

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    SonicWind  over 8 years ago

    This is where it all began…

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    Rockman1  over 8 years ago

    Garfield WAS fat. Nowadays he’s just potbellied.

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    calvinhobbesrock4evr  over 8 years ago

    i like the new garfield more. The old one was just plain ugly. And pot bellied is WAY better than fat.

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    weffer  over 8 years ago

    no, jim davis is both of your cartoonist

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    Nanomi  over 8 years ago

    The first Garfield! Amazing! Garfield was so fat………..

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    bobgoo  over 8 years ago

    he’s so fat i want to die!

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    judahbailey1  over 8 years ago

    wow he was very fat

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    holden221  over 8 years ago

    epic….ta…..da!!!

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    wolfintheshadows  over 8 years ago

    I’m one day older then Garfield! Awesome!

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    mullmich21  over 8 years ago

    wooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooop

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    comixmaster1000  about 8 years ago

    Man, am I glad this strip has deep archives…first one!

    They look soooo different…

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    tdy9  about 8 years ago

    I’m glad they have some really good and vivid archives. Very happy to see this.

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    gocannons  about 8 years ago

    jon, i achoo! sneeze of cats.

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    Destiny23  about 8 years ago

    Most changes can happen slowly over the years (decades), but I wonder at what point Garfield went from walking on all fours (i.e. like a cat!) to walking on his hind legs (with clown feet). That must have been a deliberate decision on Jim’s part, and probably surprised everyone at the time!

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    gocannons  about 8 years ago

    he…. oh i like achoo! …you gar… achoo! …field.

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    gocannons  almost 8 years ago

    gaah!

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    gocannons  almost 8 years ago

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    Ottodesu  almost 8 years ago

    It’s a bit like finding the Source of the Nile. Or the fabled First Page of the Internet. OK, I better settle down, there are thirty-three years of archives to catch up on. It’s going to be a long week, folks.

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    IdahoSpud  almost 8 years ago

    “Feed Me.” Reminds me of “Little Shop of Horrors”.

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    alexanderline  almost 8 years ago

    wow garfield is fat. Jon obviously put him on a massive diet

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    GarfieldLover302  over 7 years ago

    Old school Garfield

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    Lauw1234  over 7 years ago

    This is awesome!

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    angelprincess72  over 7 years ago

    Nice to meet you Garfield and Jon. I can’t believe this is the first ever Garfield comic strip. Thank you GoComics, don’t know what we would do without you.

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    tony.spun  over 7 years ago

    WOW

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    pigs an idiot  over 7 years ago

    holy crap the first time anyone commented on this was 3 years ago

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    Bignate1  over 7 years ago

    He looks so different now

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    jjhobbes  about 7 years ago

    the FIRST GARFIELD COMIC! (da da daa!)

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    upanddown17  about 7 years ago

    I wonder when Odie first appeared.

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    germanvisitor  about 7 years ago

    It goes to the root.

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    rtucker913  about 7 years ago

    Here it is. The beginning of it all. “Feed me”

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    comicgal10  about 7 years ago

    WOW that is different

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    icklick  about 7 years ago

    If Garfield gets a tombstone when the strip ends it should say"feed me" and nothing else.

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    ghdrb1894  about 7 years ago

    Sniff..* So Much memories before i was born T^T

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    xall2h1  about 7 years ago

    man, garfield is a great comic!

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    supersexyghotmew95  about 7 years ago

    good lord hes huge (:O

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    zoeandbirdie  about 7 years ago

    Did anyone notice that Garfield was born on a Monday? Maybe that’s why he hates it so much. It is the day Jon came into his life.

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    AStarofDestiny  about 7 years ago

    Garfield reminds me of a Kliban Cat here.

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    Shikamoo Premium Member about 7 years ago

    Wow, I remember this one now. Brings back memories.

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    upanddown17  about 7 years ago

    Thank you (sorry 4 the delay in replying).

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    Snoooooooooopy  almost 7 years ago

    Let me give you too reasons why Garfield was NOT born on this day. 1. He was born on a Saturday in 1971. and 2. he was already a full grown cat by this strip.

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    m.l.  almost 7 years ago
    FIRST STRIP OF THE “GARFIELD” COMIC WITH GARFIELD AND JON, Over the course of 34 years, Garfield, Jon and Odie change and new characters such as Pooky, Arlene and the brief Lyman come as well but the strip is solely Garfield !
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    angelprincess720  over 6 years ago

    Comparing Garfield from then….he’s still the same cat we know and love.

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    awsomness77  over 6 years ago

    Why is garfield so fat?!?!

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    comicsfannate  over 6 years ago

    I bet Garfield’s last line in the last strip will be"feed me".

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    7500edg  over 6 years ago

    Yes. FEED HIM..

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    Rion7335  over 6 years ago

    Awwwww yeeaaaahhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    7500edg  over 6 years ago

    FEED THE FATTY!!!!!!!!

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    jonas.bahn  over 6 years ago

    Garfield is awesome… but the first strip doesn’t have much of a point.

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    www.checkaman.com  about 6 years ago

    yeahhh thats the begin…

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    JP Steve Premium Member almost 6 years ago

    Happy 35th, Garfield!

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    AmyGrantfan51774  almost 6 years ago

    Jon: our only thought is to entertain you Garfield: feed me…lol!!!!!….Happy Birthday Garfield!!!!!!

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    katina.cooper  almost 6 years ago

    Happy first birthday, Garfield. And to think, you were 12 years old when I was born. How time flies.

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    Attila The Voice!  almost 6 years ago

    No way! Gocomics have ALL Garfield strips?? Cool.

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    Crusader4  almost 6 years ago

    Yay! 113th Comment!

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    Nightdragon  almost 6 years ago

    The very first……

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    Jax2013  over 5 years ago

    Garfield is fatter than ever

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    comicgeeky  over 5 years ago

    the first one.

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    boblennon7  over 5 years ago

    He’s come a long way,he looks thinner these days!

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    totalchocolatelover12345  over 5 years ago

    Yikes, Garf sure is FAT! How did he lose that much weight?

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    Matchip19  over 5 years ago

    Move Over Heathcliff, there’s a new cat on the block.

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    Jax2013  over 5 years ago

    And so it begins

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    The Winy Child  about 5 years ago

    YOWZA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    friend of snoopy  about 5 years ago

    the only thing that has changed about Garfield is his looks

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    OMGr8573  about 5 years ago

    Gotta love Garfield!!!

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    dchur123  about 5 years ago

    Garfield owns Jon!?

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    Random Dancing Guy  about 5 years ago

    woah

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    Last Rose Of Summer Premium Member almost 5 years ago

    I love to see how the drawing has changed (improved).The first one! Wow!

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    Darryl Heine  almost 5 years ago

    The first Garfield from June 19, 1978!

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    Darrin Stephens  almost 5 years ago

    wow, never seen this first strip.

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    Bah Bodenkirk  over 4 years ago

    June 19, 1978 – one of the greatest days in history. It was definitely the greatest day in the history of comics, I know that much!

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    RerunsforeveryoneCB  over 4 years ago

    feed me indeed!

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    Noctis9  about 4 years ago

    Enter…. GARFIELD!

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    ChristmasBoneCatalog  about 4 years ago

    Originals are one of my favourites.

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    HARDSKULL9000  about 4 years ago

    70’s oooooooooooo

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    HARDSKULL9000  about 4 years ago

    old and first

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    HARDSKULL9000  about 4 years ago

    okkkkkkkkkk

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    LloydD Premium Member almost 4 years ago

    A day without Garfield is truly a bad day. He makes me feel good!

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    Luke0457  almost 4 years ago

    wow…they looked SOOOOOOOO DIFFERENT BACK THEN!!!

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    Solemn  almost 4 years ago

    Garfield, my fave RedCat

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    Calvin's Dad  almost 4 years ago

    How come you never see Jon as a cartoonist anymore?

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    ChristmasBoneCatalog  almost 4 years ago

    A legend was born!

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    Zachstar777  almost 4 years ago

    wait 1st comic?

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    NouriFouzi  over 3 years ago

    omg is this garfield !!Mmmm this explains why he has big feet

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    banana 76  over 3 years ago

    welcome to the world garfield

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    Garfield12468  over 3 years ago

    Pretty cool.

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    FlashFan1234  over 3 years ago

    Damn, he did lose weight.

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    nobleoble  about 3 years ago

    HE WAS FAT

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    Dee Dee Holloway  about 3 years ago

    O.o Jon is a cartoonist? :o

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    CrazyRogueWolf  about 3 years ago

    :D Wow

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    :D

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    Church1738  almost 3 years ago

    140th comment

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    Chad Cheetah  almost 3 years ago

    Happy 38th Garfield!

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    TwoKindsLover  over 2 years ago

    Good ol’ Garfield!

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    i am me  over 2 years ago

    first garfield

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    sneg  over 2 years ago

    Why is Garfield so Fat?

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    laughingkitty  over 2 years ago

    Eight years after the first comment on this strip – I can’t help but add a comment of my own. I was wondering what Jon’s job was. So he’s a cartoonist!

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    josephz2va  over 2 years ago

    He’s very old?

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    SHADDAI K. WRIGHT  about 2 years ago

    Hello, Jon and Garfield!

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    OCRAM  about 2 years ago

    …The first one Its BEAUTIFUL no Garfield ugly back then

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    Proud to be a Geek  about 2 years ago

    Garfield is the most hilarious comic ever!

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    Adantos09  about 2 years ago

    Garfield is fat as a car

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    Pokespongeunltd  about 2 years ago

    FAAAT

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    Pokespongeunltd  about 2 years ago

    FAAAT

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    skittles123  about 2 years ago

    It’s a really good comic for a 12 year old and I’ve read some of the comments and this is the old one so its pretty good.

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    skittles123  about 2 years ago

    It’s a really good comic for a 12 year old and I’ve read some of the comments and this is the old one so its pretty good.

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    skittles123  about 2 years ago

    It’s a really good comic for a 12 year old and I’ve read some of the comments and this is the old one so its pretty good.

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    jrohrlach  almost 2 years ago

    i like the 1980s garfield comics the most buut this this is the first garfield comic ever

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    Fallen_User  almost 2 years ago

    Hey Garfield, you really are oversized!

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    Garfield  over 1 year ago

    Hey, I changed a lot!

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    hev1  over 1 year ago

    Jon evidently does not know what Garfield is thinking (some pet owners can actually understand their pets to a certain extent, after they have had that pet for a long time).

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    Comics Man  over 1 year ago

    In the beginning of Garfeild, when Garfeild was much fatter and the jokes where funny and not repetitive.

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    Rigby  over 1 year ago

    Things change.

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    jacobvanberkel18  11 months ago

    40 years ago today! Happy 40th birthday, Garfield! 6/19/18

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    JoetheProbroyo  11 months ago

    168th!

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    JoetheProbroyo  11 months ago

    Person to comment on it

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    _GarfieldFan_  10 months ago

    …and so it begins.

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    Clarence  10 months ago

    Garfield’s AVENTURES BEGIN!!!!!!!!!

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    Clarence  10 months ago
    there breaking the fourth wall
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    joshua.bair  7 months ago

    TOO MANY COMMENTS!!!

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    Dibs on this Chair  7 months ago

    yes

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    EugeneKim  6 months ago

    Classical

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    Mario_  4 months ago

    And so now the fun begins

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    Comiclifehumorman1790  4 months ago

    Garfield has an ego that’s as big as his belly.

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    Genaric Username  4 months ago

    (o_0)/ I know the answer

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    @SqueaksTheHamster

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    Genaric Username  4 months ago

    garfield is so fat in this

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    Moto Moto!  4 months ago

    A legend is born…

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    Love2laugh  4 months ago

    They look so… horrible.

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    Angela Sherman Premium Member 3 months ago

    Looking back after reading lots of these comics, it is now so obvious that this comic sums up both personalities so well. Of course now I’m thinking of this as a Garfield Minus Garfield, and we see a glimpse of a very mentally unstable Jon.

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    ComicComet  3 months ago

    The very first comic strip and they break the fourth wall!

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    Shadow_Boop12  3 months ago

    HOLLY CRAP THIS WAS A LONG TIME AGO~!

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    Vetsworldwide3327  about 2 months ago

    Feed me. Jon feed him cause it’s the first comic strip

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    sougieboss  about 1 month ago

    so this was the first garfield.

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    Maple Syrup  about 1 month ago

    Man, all old comics at first look weird sometimes kinda ugly

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    jameseyboyjackson  17 days ago

    The very first one! Memorys

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