Happy Birthday Garfield
Yesterday, we could say: “happy birthday Garfield“, because this comic hero of Jim Davis turned 34. Too old for a cat it seems. Garfield is a cat born in the kitchen of an Italian restaurant where he ate all the lasagna and macaroni, and was named after the author’s grandfather. First appeared in June, 19 in 1978. The character is famous for its voracity, laziness and sarcastic observations. Its owner is a 30-year-old John Arbacle, clumsy guy who tries to find a girlfriend and unsuccessfully wooing to a veterinarian Lisa Wilson. Besides Garfield the cat, Arbacle has a dog named Odie, a naive beagle who is being harassed by Garfield. However, just in one episode when he is home alone, Odie was reading “War and Peace” and watching the television program ‘Evening with Mozart’. Garfield has very quickly achieved success in the market – just in 1981 was published in 850 magazines and earned over $ 15 million from the sale of souvenirs, which has reached such proportions that Davis had to establish a separate company to conduct the sale. In 2007 Garfield held the Guinness record for the number of newspapers in which was published – then the number was 2580.
His annual earnings is between 750 million and a billion dollars, and in addition to this kind of success we can add the number of fans on Facebook social network, that is around 3.5 millions. Amazing, isn’t it? Davis is now mainly engaged in selling and he is no longer the only author of comics. He continues to write screenplays and outlines the drawings, but other authors color and finish them. TV series “Garfield and Friends” was coming out from 1988 to 1995, and was first shown on CBS. The first movie, “Garfield” was recorded in 2004, with Bill Murray in the lead role. It was followed by four sequels: “Garfield: The story of two cats” 2006, “Garfield Gets Real” 2007, “Garfield’s Fun Fest 2008” and “Garfield’s Pet Force 2009“.