Posted Friday, June 19th, 2020 by Barry

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A year after his comic book debut, Garfield was syndicated in over 2,580 newspapers and journals.

Boom! Studios picked up the feline for a monthly title featuring Mark Evanier as scribe. Evanier supervised the animated Garfield and Friends and The Garfield Show.

The lasagna-guzzling cat began his career in the comic strips. Garfield went nationwide in 1978 and, by 2013, Garfield earned a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the most widely syndicated strip on Earth.

With his recognition has come the desire to own a piece of the pussycat. The fictional feline is worth a cool $750 million to $1 billion annually in merchandising alone.

All of this has contributed to earning his (un)official holiday, National Garfield the Cat Day. June 19 has become that day.

It was originally celebrated in 1998 to commemorate Garfield’s 20th anniversary of the comic strip and his birthday.

Celebrate with a pan of lasagna and some favorite strips and comics of the nation’s top ranked cat.

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