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For the U.S. President, see James A. Garfield.
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The appearance of the characters gradually changed over time. The left panel is taken from the March 7, 1980 strip; the right is from the July 6, 1990 strip.

Garfield is a famous comic strip created by Jim Davis.

The comic has a cat called Garfield, a dog called Odie, and their owner Jon Arbuckle. The cat is named after Davis's grandfather, James Garfield Davis (who was probably named after former U.S. President James Garfield). It debuted in 1978 in 41 US newspapers. Garfield at Large was Garfield's first book, published in 1980. It was listed in the New York Times bestseller lists at #1. By 1983, Garfield was featured in 1400 newspapers, and was translated into seven different languages.

Garfield got a website in 1996. In 2002, Garfield was declared "Most widely syndicated comic strip in the world" by the Guinness Book of World Records. Garfield's 1st cookbook was featured in 2003. In 2004, Garfield: The Movie was the first full-length feature movie based off of Garfield. Garfield is a fun loving cat who loves lasagna and is enjoyed by many people around the world.

As of 2016 five Garfield movies have been made.

Main characters

  • Garfield - orange, fuzzy tabby cat
  • Jon Arbuckle - Garfield's owner
  • Odie - yellow, long-eared beagle
  • Dr. Liz Wilson - Garfield's veterinarian and a long-time love interest of Jon Arbuckle

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