Yes, It’s true, we know that Garfield jumped the shark years ago. With all the T-shirts, Cartoon series, bottle openers (which we happened to own) and everything else.
But before and perhaps beneath all that was one the greatest comic series and a few of the best characters of the 80′s. It doesn’t hurt that Wikpedia sites the strip as holding the Guinness World Record for being the world’s most widelysyndicated comic strip.
Although I’d had too much of the series as a kid, there was something I recently ran into which brought a new spark and a very dark side to the comic, which was Garfield minus Garfield. The site describes the series as
“Removing Garfield from the Garfield comic strips in order to reveal the existential angst of a certain young Mr. Jon Arbuckle. It is a journey deep into the mind of an isolated young everyman as he fights a losing battle against loneliness and depression in a quiet American suburb. “
I call it pure dark genius rising from the ashes of cheese. Viva la Garfield minus Garfield!