A cynical, lazy, lasagna-loving, Monday-hating, dog-punting, mailman-mauling fat cat. Garfield's passion for food and sleep is matched only by his aversion to diet and exercise. Garfield and his human Jon Arbuckle debuted on June 19, 1978, and have been enduring/endearing one another ever since.
Garfield Quick Facts
HQ: Muncie, Indiana
Owner: Jon Arbuckle
Best Friend: Pooky
Favorite Food: Lasagna
Least Favorite Day: Monday
Other Aliases: Gustaf (in Sweeden)
Garfield's Looks Over The Years
Garfield's design has evolved steadily since his first appearance in 1978. Though he's lost a little weight and gone bipedal, his heavy eyelids remain a noted constant over the course of four decades. His signature look is typically only be disrupted by situations involving things like stimulants, fear, and presents.
In 2003, Garfield met his original self in a week-long celebration of the strip's 25th anniversary. Such is the power of comics.
Garfield In Other Media
Garfield has appeared in more than 12 animated TV specials, 2 animated series, 2 live-action feature films, 3 animated movies, plus scores of video games across all manner of consoles and mobile devices. Garfield also has a second comic book series, separate from his daily strip. If that's not enough, there's even a Garfield musical... with Catitude.
Top Garfield Quotes
• "I hate Mondays." - Garfield
• "Love me, feed me, never leave me." - Garfield
• "With due respect to Will Rogers, I never met a lasagna I didn’t like." - Garfield
• "This is it. I’ve reached the pinnacle of laziness and gluttony... How depressing. There’s no place to go after you’ve reached the top." - Garfield
• "Happiness is a warm television set." - Garfield
Garfield's Most Popular Strips
Garfield's Darkest Timeline
From October 23-28 of 1989, Garfield confronted existential dread in a strip about the power of loneliness and denial. It remains the weirdest Garfield storyline in the strip's 40-year history.
Garfield's Cameos In Other Comics
• On April Fool's Day, 1997, the cast of Garfield appeared in Blondie and the cast of Blondie appeared in Garfield as part of the "Comics Switcheroo" organized by a huge group of syndicated cartoonists. [LINK]
• Garfield appeared in Blondie (and Dagwood appeared in Garfield) a second time in 2005 as part of the strip's 75th anniversary. [LINK]
Garfield In The News
• Loving Garfield satirists Lasagna Cat created a mind-blowing video about Garfield's classic pipe strip. "However Many Dimensions Exist, There Will Always Be Garfield," indeed. [LINK]
• Garfield stars in a Pokémon GO style AR game on mobile devices called Garfield Go [LINK].
• The eBayGarfields Twitter collects some of the wackiest merchandise in Garfield history [LINK].
• In 2017, Garfield creator Jim Davis teamed with Dinosaur Comics writer Ryan North on special Galactus story in Marvel Comics' Squirrel Girl #26 [LINK].