A LOOK AT THE FAT CAT THROUGH THE YEARS.
Garfield Comic Strip
1978: The Garfield comic strip penned by cartoonist Jim Davis, debuts in 41 U.S. newspapers.
His Popularity Grows
1978: The popularity of the Garfield comic strip spreads like his waistline. It’s now in 100 newspapers.
His First Book
1980: Garfield at Large, his first book, hits #1 on The New York Times bestseller list and stays there for nearly two years.
Garfield Goes Worldwide
1983: The comic strip now appears in 1,400 newspapers in 22 countries and is translated into seven languages.
First TV Commercial
1983: Garfield and Jim Davis star in the humorous American Express “Do You Know Me?” TV commercial.
Garfield Wins First Emmy!
1984: The second animated television special, Garfield on the Town, garners Jim Davis his first of four Emmy Awards.
Stuck on You: The Phenomenon
1987 : The grinning orange cat suction-cupped to a car window is red hot, showing up in cars, buses, trains and planes all over the world. More than just a fad, the “Stuck on You” Garfield craze was a full-blown phenomenon, and tens of millions were sold between 1987 and 1989.
Garfield’s First Musical CD
1991 : Garfield goes on record with “Am I Cool or What?,” his first musical CD, which features music luminaries such as B. B. King, The Temptations, Patti LaBelle, and Lou Rawls.
Garfield Book mobile
1994: Garfield hitches a ride on the Muncie Public Library Bookmobile. The first of many libraries on wheels to use the image of Garfield to promote reading.
Big, Fat, Hairy Website
1996: Garfield’s first website, www.garfield.com, makes its worldwide debut in December.
So Much Stuff…So Little Time
1997: The fat cat launches his first catalog, Garfield STUFF®! Shopping…it’s not just for Christmas anymore!
2001: Garfield plays around on his new game website.
Garfield Sets a World Record
2002: “Garfield: Most Widely Syndicated Comic Strip in the World,” declares the Guinness Book of World Records in January.
Garfield: The Movie
2004: Garfield: The Movie is the first-ever full-length, live-action/CGI feature film that stars the fat cat and a dimwitted dog named Odie! The movie appears in theaters worldwide and features a cast that includes Breckin Meyer as Jon Arbuckle; Jennifer Love Hewitt as Liz, the veterinarian; and Bill Murray as the voice of Garfield.
Voted the Best!
2009: People magazine names The Garfield Show one of the best new kids’ shows for 2009!
2010: Garfield is featured in the Sunday Funnies stamp collection from the United States Postal Services.
A Classic Is Back
2012: The classic animated TV show from the ’80s and ’90s, Garfield and Friends, is released digitally to an eager audience on the video service website HULU.
2013: Garfield surpasses the 10 million fan mark on Facebook. It’s clear the world really Likes Garfield!
35 Years of Fat Cat Fun!
2014: Garfield celebrates his 35th birthday in style with a brand-new book: a special collection of Sunday comics handpicked and annotated by creator Jim Davis.
CONTENT COURTESY : garfield.com