Garfield Veterans Day
November 13, 2010 by USA Post
The strip, which appeared in newspapers nationwide Thursday, shows the thoughts of a spider as Garfield the cat is about to smash it with a rolled newspaper.
“If I crush, which will become famous!” read the thought bubble in the first panel of the strip.
“They will hold an annual day of remembrance in my honor, that fat slob,” the spider continues, referring to the plump orange cat.
The last panel shows a spider hanging on the teacher’s desk, while addressing a group of spiders other: “Does anyone here know why we celebrate the National Day of stupid?”
Davis caught the appearance of the strip of Veterans Day “the worst time ever.”
“The strip that runs in today’s paper seems to be making a statement on Veterans Day. It is absolutely, positively has nothing to do with this important day of memory”, said in a Thursday letter, addressed friends, fans and veterans.
The cartoonist said the strip was created almost a year ago.
“I had no idea when writing that it would appear today – every day,” he said. “I do not use a calendar showing holidays and other significant days, so when this band was in the queue, I had no idea it would be on Veterans Day.”
Davis said his brother served in Vietnam, and his son was brought periods of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“You would have to go a long way to find someone who was more proud and grateful for what our veterans have done for us all,” he said.
Garfield debuted in 41 U.S. newspapers in 1978. In 2002, the Guinness Book of World Records declared it the most broadly comic in the world.
Today, the cat cynic is a ubiquitous presence in pop culture, books and movies to his name.
In his letter, Davis implied that he had no intention of making the same mistake again, “You can bet I’ll have a calendar that shows EVERYTHING to me in the future.”
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