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Jim Davis's comic strip Garfield has generated a large amount of merchandise. This article compiles just some of these items.

Books[edit]

Extras[edit]

In the books, there a numerous 'extras' at the front and/or back. For example, in the 10th Birthday book, the beginning has an extract of a newspaper, stating "JIM DAVIS A FRAUD", with Pooky revealing Garfield has in fact been writing the strips. Garfield states "I hired some hackneyed down-and-out to take the credit." denying several criticisms, which accused Davis was actually using ghostwriters, and not working on the strip at all. There was a bonus strip, which features a single panel at the end page of Garfield At Large showing Garfield walking in the sunset. There was also a bonus strip to fill in the book Garfield Gains Weight, which features a single panel with Garfield holding his face down in front of the TV.

Compilations[edit]

These books, generally released twice a year by Ballantine Books, contain reprints of the comic as it appears in newspapers daily. These books were originally printed in black and white, but volumes 37 and later have been in full color. Each book collects approximately six months of comics, including the Sunday comics (in black and white in all except the recent editions).

The titles of these books were styled as double entendres alluding to Garfield’s weight (Note: an extra at the end of a Garfield compilation advertised “rejected book titles”). These books introduced the “Garfield format” in publishing, whereby the rectangular books are horizontally oriented to match comic strip dimensions; Davis has recalled having to invent the format in order to better fit the books on store shelves. Volumes 37 and later introduced a new, larger square book in full color, showing the Sunday strips to be formatted in a size as they usually are, instead of shrunken-down to meet the book size. However, this means that the first panel after the logo box (called the drop panel because newspapers can drop it without ruining the point of the strip) is no longer printed in the compilation books.

Each of the original 36 books will be re-released in the new larger format, dubbed “Garfield Classics”. So far, the first 26 books have been reprinted in this format.

Title Comics Years Release Date
Garfield At Large: His First Book June 19, 1978 – January 22, 1979 September 16, 1980
Garfield Gains Weight: His Second Book January 23, 1979 – August 26, 1979 March 25, 1981
Garfield Bigger Than Life: His Third Book August 27, 1979 – March 30, 1980 September 8, 1981
Garfield Weighs In: His Fourth Book March 31, 1980 – November 2, 1980 March 15, 1982
Garfield Takes the Cake: His Fifth Book November 3, 1980 – June 7, 1981 June 16, 1982
Garfield Eats His Heart Out: His Sixth Book June 8, 1981 – January 10, 1982 February 12, 1983
Garfield Sits Around the House: His Seventh Book January 11, 1982 – August 15, 1982 March 10, 1983
Garfield Tips the Scales: His Eighth Book August 16, 1982 – March 20, 1983 February 12, 1984
Garfield Loses His Feet: His Ninth Book March 21, 1983 – October 23, 1983 September 12, 1984
Garfield Makes It Big: His 10th Book October 24, 1983 – May 27, 1984 February 12, 1985
Garfield Rolls On: His 11th Book May 28, 1984 – December 30, 1984 September 12, 1985
Garfield Out to Lunch: His 12th Book December 31, 1984 – August 4, 1985 February 12, 1986
Garfield Food for Thought: His 13th Book August 5, 1985 – March 11, 1986 February 12, 1987
Garfield Swallows His Pride: His 14th Book March 12, 1986 – October 12, 1986 September 12, 1987
Garfield Worldwide: His 15th Book October 13, 1986 – May 17, 1987 February 12, 1988
Garfield Rounds Out: His 16th Book May 18, 1987 – December 19, 1987 September 12, 1988
Garfield Chews the Fat: His 17th Book December 20, 1987 – July 24, 1988 February 18, 1989
Garfield Goes to Waist: His 18th Book July 25, 1988 – February 25, 1989 February 24, 1990
Garfield Hangs Out: His 19th Book February 26, 1989 – September 30, 1989 October 3, 1990
Garfield Takes Up Space: His 20th Book October 1, 1989 – May 5, 1990 February 13, 1991
Garfield Says a Mouthful: His 21st Book May 6, 1990 – December 4, 1990 September 24, 1991
Garfield By the Pound: His 22nd Book December 5, 1990 – July 7, 1991 February 25, 1992
Garfield Keeps His Chins Up: His 23rd Book July 8, 1991 – February 4, 1992 September 8, 1992
Garfield Takes His Licks: His 24th Book February 5, 1992 – September 5, 1992 February 10, 1993
Garfield Hits the Big Time: His 25th Book September 6, 1992 – April 10, 1993 August 24, 1993
Garfield Pulls His Weight: His 26th Book April 11, 1993 – November 9, 1993 September 20, 1994
Garfield Dishes It Out: His 27th Book November 10, 1993 – June 11, 1994 February 14, 1995
Garfield Life in the Fat Lane: His 28th Book June 12, 1994 – January 10, 1995 September 26, 1995
Garfield Tons of Fun: His 29th Book January 11, 1995 – August 12, 1995 February 13, 1996
Garfield Bigger and Better: His 30th Book August 13, 1995 – March 11, 1996 September 24, 1996
Garfield Hams It Up: His 31st Book March 12, 1996 – October 12, 1996 March 11, 1997
Garfield Thinks Big: His 32nd Book October 13, 1996 – May 13, 1997 October 7, 1997
Garfield Throws His Weight Around: His 33rd Book May 14, 1997 – December 13, 1997 October 6, 1998
Garfield Life to the Fullest: His 34th Book December 14, 1997 – July 14, 1998 February 22, 1999
Garfield Feeds the Kitty: His 35th Book July 15, 1998 – February 13, 1999 August 31, 1999
Garfield Hogs the Spotlight: His 36th Book February 14, 1999 – September 11, 1999 February 29, 2000
Garfield Beefs Up: His 37th Book September 12, 1999 – April 8, 2000 October 3, 2000
Garfield Gets Cookin’: His 38th Book April 9, 2000 – November 4, 2000 October 2, 2001
Garfield Eats Crow: His 39th Book November 5, 2000 – June 2, 2001 January 1, 2003
Garfield Survival of the Fattest: His 40th Book June 3, 2001 – December 29, 2001 February 3, 2004
Garfield Older and Wider: His 41st Book December 30, 2001 – July 27, 2002 January 25, 2005
Garfield Pigs Out: His 42nd Book July 28, 2002 – February 22, 2003 February 7, 2006
Garfield Blots Out The Sun: His 43rd Book February 23, 2003 – September 20, 2003 January 30, 2007
Garfield Goes Bananas: His 44th Book September 21, 2003 – April 17, 2004 August 28, 2007
Garfield Large & In Charge: His 45th Book April 18, 2004 – November 13, 2004 January 29, 2008
Garfield Spills the Beans: His 46th Book November 14, 2004 – June 11, 2005 September 30, 2008
Garfield Gets His Just Desserts: His 47th Book June 12, 2005 – January 7, 2006 January 27, 2009
Garfield Will Eat For Food: His 48th Book January 8, 2006 – August 5, 2006 August 25, 2009
Garfield Weighs His Options: His 49th Book August 6, 2006 – March 3, 2007 January 26, 2010
Garfield Potbelly of Gold: His 50th Book March 4, 2007 – September 29, 2007 August 31, 2010
Garfield Shovels It In: His 51st Book September 30, 2007 - April 26, 2008 January 25, 2011
Garfield Lard of the Jungle: His 52nd Book April 27, 2008 - November 22, 2008 August 30, 2011
Garfield Brings Home The Bacon: His 53rd Book November 23, 2008 - June 20, 2009 January 31, 2012
Garfield Gets in a Pickle: His 54th Book June 21, 2009 - January 16, 2010 September 11, 2012
Garfield Sings for His Supper: His 55th Book January 17, 2010 - August 14, 2010 March 12, 2013
Garfield Caution: Wide Load: His 56th Book August 15, 2010 to March 12, 2011 September 10, 2013
Garfield Souped Up: His 57th Book March 13, 2011 to October 8, 2011 January 28, 2014
Garfield Goes To His Happy Place: His 58th Book October 9, 2011 to May 5, 2012 August 26, 2014
Garfield the Big Cheese: His 59th Book May 6, 2012 to December 1, 2012 January 27, 2015
Garfield ??: His 60th Book December 2, 2012 to June 29, 2013 August ?, 2015
Garfield ??: His 61st Book June 30, 2013 to December 4, 2013 January ?, 2016

Garfield Classics[edit]

The Garfield Classics imprint has been in print since 2001, and reprints Garfield's first 36 books in a "remastered" format, with increased page size, bolder lines, and each strip in full-color format. So far, the first 28 have been printed in this format.

Title Comics Years Release date
Garfield At Large: His First Book June 19, 1978 – January 22, 1979 May 29, 2001
Garfield Gains Weight: His Second Book January 23, 1979 – September 22, 1979 November 27, 2001
Garfield Bigger Than Life: His Third Book September 23, 1979 – March 30, 1980 February 26, 2002
Garfield Weighs In: His Fourth Book March 31, 1980 – November 2, 1980 June 25, 2002
Garfield Takes the Cake: His Fifth Book November 3, 1980 – June 7, 1981 June 3, 2003
Garfield Eats His Heart Out: His Sixth Book June 8, 1981 – January 10, 1982 December 30, 2003
Garfield Sits Around the House: His Seventh Book January 11, 1982 – August 15, 1982 December 30, 2003
Garfield Tips the Scales: His Eighth Book August 16, 1982 – March 20, 1983 June 29, 2004
Garfield Loses His Feet: His Ninth Book March 21, 1983 – October 23, 1983 August 31, 2004
Garfield Makes It Big: His 10th Book October 24, 1983 – May 27, 1984 June 28, 2005
Garfield Rolls On: His 11th Book May 28, 1984 – December 30, 1984 July 26, 2005
Garfield Out to Lunch: His 12th Book December 31, 1984 – August 4, 1985 April 25, 2006
Garfield Food for Thought: His 13th Book August 5, 1985 – March 9, 1986 November 28, 2006
Garfield Swallows His Pride: His 14th Book March 10, 1986 – October 12, 1986 April 17, 2007
Garfield World Wide: His 15th Book October 13, 1986 – May 17, 1987 June 26, 2007
Garfield Rounds Out: His 16th Book May 18, 1987 – December 19, 1987 June 24, 2008
Garfield Chews the Fat: His 17th Book December 20, 1987 – July 24, 1988 August 26, 2008
Garfield Goes to Waist: His 18th Book July 25, 1988 – February 25, 1989 April 28, 2009
Garfield Hangs Out: His 19th Book February 26, 1989 – September 30, 1989 June 23, 2009
Garfield Takes Up Space: His 20th Book October 1, 1989 – May 5, 1990 April 27, 2010
Garfield Says a Mouthful: His 21st Book May 6, 1990 – December 4, 1990 June 22, 2010
Garfield By the Pound: His 22nd Book December 5, 1990 – July 6, 1991 April 26, 2011
Garfield Keeps His Chins Up: His 23rd Book July 7, 1991 – February 4, 1992 June 28, 2011
Garfield Takes His Licks: His 24th Book February 5, 1992 – September 5, 1992 June 26, 2012
Garfield Hits the Big Time: His 25th Book September 6, 1992 – April 10, 1993 May 21, 2013
Garfield Pulls His Weight: His 26th Book April 11, 1993 – November 9, 1993 July 16, 2013
Garfield Dishes It Out: His 27th Book November 10, 1993 – June 11, 1994 April 29, 2014
Garfield Life in the Fat Lane: His 28th Book June 12, 1994 – January 10, 1995 June 24, 2014
Garfield Tons of Fun: His 29th Book January 11, 1995 – August 12, 1995 TBA
Garfield Bigger and Better: His 30th Book August 13, 1995 – March 12, 1996 TBA
Garfield Hams It Up: His 31st Book March 13, 1996 – October 12, 1996 TBA
Garfield Thinks Big: His 32nd Book October 13, 1996 – May 13, 1997 TBA
Garfield Throws His Weight Around: His 33rd Book May 14, 1997 – December 13, 1997 TBA
Garfield Life to the Fullest: His 34th Book December 14, 1997 – July 14, 1998 TBA
Garfield Feeds the Kitty: His 35th Book July 15, 1998 – February 13, 1999 TBA
Garfield Hogs the Spotlight: His 36th Book February 14, 1999 – September 11, 1999 TBA
  • Newer books are only available in a similar format, starting with book #37.

In the UK, over 60 Garfield books, mainly “Pocket Books” or paperbacks, have been published by Ravette. The format is slightly different, as the strips are presented in a vertical style. In the Garfield 20th anniversary book, however, Davis said vertical stacking was the one type of comic anthology layout he wanted to avoid the most when compiling the above collections.

Additionally, adaptations of Garfield television specials have been published in comic format:

  • Garfield as Himself (2004) collects the following books:
  • Here Comes Garfield (1982)
  • Garfield on the Town (1983)
  • Garfield Gets a Life (1991)
  • Garfield Holiday Celebrations (2004) collects the following books:
  • Garfield in Disguise (Halloween special) (1985)
  • Garfield’s Thanksgiving (1988)
  • A Garfield Christmas (1987)
  • Garfield Travel Adventures (2005) collects the following books:
  • Garfield in the Rough (1984)
  • Garfield in Paradise (1986)
  • Garfield Goes Hollywood (1987)

Garfield Fat Cat Three Pack[edit]

Each Fat Cat volume contains the contents of three successive compilations stacked back to back.

There are two types of Fat Cat books, one features black and white strips and one featuring full color strips.

Volumes 1 to 12 have been released in black and white, but some have since been reissued in full color.

The black and white strips were published semiannually up to Vol. 11 (compilations 31–33) in 1999. Since then, the publication schedule has slowed: Vol. 12 (compilations 34–36) was published in 2001, followed by Vol. 13 (compilations 37–39) in 2006.

Black and white strips:

Vol. 1 (1,2,3) was released on March 16, 1993.
Vol. 2 (4,5,6) was released on August 9, 1994.
Vol. 3 (7,8,9) was released on January 30, 1995. ISBN 978-0-345-39493-4 (0-345-39493-3)
Vol. 4 (10,11,12) was released on August 15, 1995. ISBN 978-0-345-40238-7 (0-345-40238-3)
Vol. 5 (13,14,15) was released on January 30, 1996. ISBN 978-0-345-40404-6 (0-345-40404-1)
Vol. 6 (16,17,18) was released on September 3, 1996. ISBN 978-0-345-40884-6 (0-345-40884-5)
Vol. 7 (19,20,21) was released on April 7, 1997. ISBN 978-0-345-41449-6 (0-345-41449-7)
Vol. 8 (22,23,24) was released on January 20, 1998. ISBN 978-0-345-42601-7 (0-345-42601-0)
Vol. 9 (25,26,27) was released on August 25, 1998. ISBN 978-0-345-42903-2 (0-345-42903-6)
Vol. 10 (28,29,30) was released on February 2, 1999. ISBN 978-0-345-43458-6 (0-345-43458-7)
Vol. 11 (31,32,33) was released on September 7, 1999. ISBN 978-0-345-43801-0 (0-345-43801-9)
Vol. 12 (34,35,36) was released on April 3, 2001. ISBN 978-0-345-44581-0 (0-345-44581-3)

Color strips

The first eight Fat Cat volumes have been reissued in larger, colorized versions. Starting from Fat Cat Vol. 13 (2006), the larger, full-color format of the reissued volumes has also been used.

Vol. 1 (1,2,3) was released on August 26, 2003. ISBN 978-0-345-46455-2 (0-345-46455-9)
Vol. 2 (4,5,6) was released on August 30, 2005. ISBN 978-0-345-46465-1 (0-345-46465-6)
Vol. 3 (7,8,9) was released on September 25, 2006. ISBN 978-0-345-48088-0 (0-345-48088-0)
Vol. 4 (10,11,12) was released on March 24, 2009. ISBN 978-0-345-49171-8 (0-345-49171-8)
Vol. 5 (13,14,15) was released on October 26, 2010. ISBN 978-0-345-49180-0 (0-345-49180-7)
Vol. 6 (16,17,18) was released on March 22, 2011. ISBN 978-0-345-52420-1 (0-345-52420-9)
Vol. 7 (19,20,21) was released on April 24, 2012. ISBN 978-0-345-52588-8 (0-345-52588-4)
Vol. 8 (22,23,24) was released on March 4, 2014. ISBN 978-0345525994 (0-345-52599-X)
Vol. 13 (37,38,39) was released on August 29, 2006. ISBN 978-0-345-46460-6 (0-345-46460-5)
Vol. 14 (40,41,42) was released on October 27, 2009. ISBN 978-0-345-49175-6 (0-345-49175-0)
Vol. 15 (43,44,45) was released on October 25, 2011. ISBN 978-0-345-52585-7 (0-345-52585-X)
Vol. 16 (46,47,48) was released on February 12, 2013. ISBN 978-0-345-52592-5 (0-345-52592-5)
Vol. 17 (49,50,51) will be released on October 28, 2014. ISBN 978-0-345-52603-8 (0-345-52603-8)

Others[edit]

  • Garfield: His 9 Lives (1984), graphic novel, later made into a TV special.
  • Garfield: Big Fat Book of Jokes and Riddles (1985)
  • The Unabridged Uncensored Unbelievable Garfield (1986)
  • Garfield Book of Cat Names (1988)
  • Garfield How to Party Book (1988)
  • Garfield Crazy About Numbers (1988) – (sticker book)
  • Give Me Coffee and No One Gets Hurt (discontinued)
  • Garfield the Easter Bunny? (1989)
  • Garfield and the Santa Spy (1989)
  • Garfield's Judgment Day (1990)
  • Garfield: The Me Book (1990) (motivational handbook)
  • Garfield and the Truth About Cats (1991)
  • Garfield's Insults, Put-Downs & Slams (1994)
  • Garfield Discovers America (1994)
  • Garfield Jolly Holiday 3-pack (1997) – Renamed to Garfield Holiday Celebrations in 2004)
  • Garfield's Book of Jokes and Riddles (1997)
  • The Garfield Game Book (1998)
  • Garfield's Big Book of Excellent Excuses (2000)
  • Garfield: The Grudesome Truesome 2 in 1 Book (2002)
  • I'm in the Mood for Food: In the Kitchen with Garfield (2003)
  • Garfield at 25: In Dogs Years I'd Be Dead (2003)
  • How to Draw Garfield and the Gang (2004)
  • Garfield's Guide to Everything (2004)
  • Odie Unleashed: Garfield Lets the Dog Out Book (2005)
  • The Garfield Journal (2005)
  • Lights, Camera, Hairballs: Garfield at the Movies (2006)
  • 30 Years of Laughs & Lasagna (2008)
  • Garfield Minus Garfield (2008)
  • Garfield from the Trash Bin: Rescued Rejects & Outrageous Outtakes (2010)
  • Garfield Left Speechless (2012)
  • My Laughable Life with Garfield: The Jon Arbuckle Chronicles (2012), a collection of various comic strips throughout the years)

Early-reader adventure novels featuring Garfield

  • Garfield's Night Before Christmas (1988)
  • Garfield's Furry Tales (1989)
  • Garfield and the Haunted Diner (1990)
  • Garfield Goes Camping (1991)
  • Garfield's Haunted House and Other Spooky Tales (1994)
  • Garfield's Stupid Cupid and Other Stories (1995)
  • Garfield Goes to Disobedience School (1997)
  • Garfield's Christmas Tales (1994)
  • Garfield's Ghost Stories (1990)
  • Garfield and the Beast in the Basement (2002)
  • Garfield and the Mysterious Mummy (1997)
  • Garfield and the Teacher Creature (1998)
  • Garfield and the Wicked Wizard (2002)

Garfield’s Pet Force, series of early-reader novels:

  • #1: The Outrageous Origin (1997)
  • #2: Pie Rat’s Revenge (1998)
  • #3: K-Niner: Dog of Doom (1998)
  • #4: Menace of the Mutanator (1999)
  • #5: Attack of the Lethal Lizards (1999)

Garfield Extreme, a series of children’s picture books.

  • Garfield’s Extreme Cuisine: Pigging the Way Out! (2003)
  • Garfield’s Ironcat (2003)
  • Garfield’s Awesome Ski Adventure (2002)
  • Garfield’s Sumo Beach Bellyball (2002)

DVD releases[edit]

Television[edit]

TV series (1988-1994, 2008-TBA)

TV specials (1982–1991)

Video games[edit]

Garfield was also transported into video games, the first being a never-released Atari 2600 prototype in 1984, and there was also an 8-bit Famicom game of Garfield made in Japan in 1989. A Garfield game was also being worked on for the Atari 5200, but the game was cancelled when Atari was taken over by Jack Tramiel.


Title Details

Original release date(s):[2]
cancelled
Release years by system:
1984—Atari 2600
Notes:
  • Unreleased prototype by Atari.


Create With Garfield

Original release date(s):[3]
Release years by system:
1986-Apple II, Commodore 64
Notes:
  • Developed and Published by Ahead Designs.



Original release date(s):
Release years by system:
1987-Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum
Notes:



Original release date(s):
  • JP April 7, 1989
Release years by system:
1989-Nintendo Family Computer
Notes:
  • Developed by MARS corporation and published by Towa Chiki.



Original release date(s):
Release years by system:
1989-Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum
Notes:



Original release date(s):
Release years by system:
1991-Tiger Handheld Electronic
Notes:
  • Developed by Konami.



Original release date(s):
Release years by system:
1993-Game Boy
Notes:



Original release date(s):
  • NA October 31, 1995
  • EU December 8, 1995
  • INT March 1996
Release years by system:
1995-Sega Genesis/Mega Drive, Sega Game Gear, IBM PC
Notes:


Garfield’s Mad About Cats

Original release date(s):
  • NA January 1, 2000
Release years by system:
2000-PC
Notes:
  • Developed by PAWS and published by Brighter Child.



Original release date(s):
  • EU November 19, 2004
  • NA May 17, 2005
Release years by system:
2004-PlayStation 2, PC
Notes:
  • Developed by Hip Interactive and published by The Code Monkeys.



Original release date(s):
  • EU November 2004
  • NA November 14, 2005
Release years by system:
2004-Game Boy Advance
Notes:


Garfield: Saving Arlene

Original release date(s):
  • JP April 27, 2006
Release years by system:
2005-PlayStation 2, PC
Notes:



Original release date(s):
  • PAL May 5, 2006
  • NA May 10, 2006
Release years by system:
2006-Game Boy Advance
Notes:



Original release date(s):
  • EU August 25, 2006
  • NA October 17, 2006
Release years by system:
2006-Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2, PC
Notes:



Original release date(s):
  • EU March 9, 2007
  • NA June 28, 2007
Release years by system:
2007-Nintendo DS
Notes:


Garfield: Lasagna World Tour

Original release date(s):
  • EU November 30, 2007
  • NA June 27, 2008
Release years by system:
2007-PlayStation 2, PC
Notes:


Garfield's Fun Fest

Original release date(s):
  • NA August 29, 2008
  • EU August 29, 2008
Release years by system:
2008-Nintendo DS
Notes:
  • Developed by Black Lantern Studios and published by DSI Games



Original release date(s):
  • EU October 17, 2008
  • NA May 12, 2009
  • AUS July 21, 2009
Release years by system:
2008-Wii, Nintendo DS
Notes:



Original release date(s):
July 8, 2010
Release years by system:
2010-Wii, PC
Notes:
  • Develoepd by Eko Systems and published by Zoo Games



Original release date(s):
2013
Release years by system:
2013-iOS, Android
Notes:
  • Developed and Published by Namco


Films[edit]

Figurines and toys[edit]

Danbury Mint has made numerous products for avid Garfield lovers. All but two (Bedtime for Garfield and Bedtime for Odie) are not plush, and all but seven have Garfield with another character.

  • Small Figurines (no larger than 4" × 4" × 4"): Catnap, Crowning Achievement, Easy Rider, Here's Lookin' at Me, Gourmet Picnic, Love in Bloom, King of the Jungle, Open House, Midnight Serenade, On Vacation, Return to Sender, Sittin' Pretty
  • Musicals (10" wood base with figurine atop): Anchors Aweigh, La Cucaracha, Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay; Oh, What a Beautiful Morning
  • Garfield's Christmas Village (11 pieces in all, including): Garfield's House, Post Office, Movies, Toy Shoppe, Candy Store, Courthouse, Church, Bakery, and more.
  • Large Figurines: Garfield's Retreat, Garfield's Poolside Resort, Garfield's Golf Course, Garfield's Garden
  • Other: Garfield's Carousel and Garfield's Christmas Train
  • Plush (2' tall): Bedtime for Garfield and Bedtime for Odie
  • Diecast Vehicles: Both Ertl and Esci have made a range of diecast toys featuring Garfield driving various vehicles

Miscellaneous[edit]

  • The album Am I Cool or What?
  • Suction-cupped plush toys of Garfield, known as "Stuck on You", were a phenomenon across America and it took several years for production to meet the demand. In the Twentieth Anniversary book, it states that these car hangers came out in 1988. One such suction-cupped plush Garfield is seen in the 1996 introduction for the original format for the British motoring show Top Gear.[5] Additionally, Garfield mimics the concept one night while tailing Jon on his date with Liz; this can also be seen in Garfield: The Movie under similar circumstances.
  • His plush products and other toy replicas were licensed for production by the Dakin Company in the 1980s.
  • Garfield was featured in a 1988 advertising campaign for Maple Leaf Village Amusement Park.[6]
  • Garfield’s merchandising approach has been criticized by a number of commentators including Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Watterson, whose views against merchandising were explained at great detail in The Calvin and Hobbes Tenth Anniversary Book. Watterson, when asked for his opinion of fellow cartoonists, including Jim Davis, once tactfully described Garfield as “consistent.” He also criticized Jim Davis’s U.S. Acres cartoon.[7] Chris Suellentrop of Slate accuses Davis of creating Garfield merely for the merchandising.[8]
  • In 2000 Garfield was used as a mascot/recruiting tool for Cub Scouting, appearing on many items, including 4 plush Garfields in Cub Scout uniforms.
  • Garfield and Odie also are featured on product packaging for the retail chain Meijer.
  • Baby Garfield is featured on Sam's Club brand diapers.
  • At Kennywood, an amusement park located near Pittsburgh, Garfield is one of the mascots. There are two Garfield themed rides. They are "Garfield’s Nightmare" a haunted house ride, and a free-fall ride for kids, the "Pounce Bounce". Lake Compounce, also run and owned by Kennywood, uses Garfield theming as well.
  • Silverwood Theme Park, the Northwests largest theme park near Coeur d'Alene Idaho, has Garfield as the official mascot.
  • There is a computer program called "Scholastic's Comic Book Maker Featuring Garfield" which allows users to make their own Garfield comics by using different characters, objects, and scenery from the strip.
  • A frozen lasagne featuring Garfield on the packaging was briefly for sale in the United Kingdom in the late 1980s.
  • When Microsoft released the Windows 98 edition of Microsoft Plus!, they included in it many brand new desktop themes, some of which were based on popular comics. Garfield was one of them.
  • More recently, "Get the comic strip on products" with 3 pictures of comic, have been appearing on the main page. It was on the comics page

Promotions[edit]

Garfield has also done promotions for food or shops. In 1989, he did a promotion for the fast food restaurant McDonald's. Here, McDonald's sold 4 Happy Meal toys, 4 collectible glasses, and a limited edition stuffed Garfield employee. He also did promos for the Yum! Brands properties KFC and Taco Bell. In 2000, he did a Kid's Meal promotion for Wendy's Old Fashioned Hamburgers, where 6 toys were sold. He did many promos for his film, including 3 Goldfish figures, and 5 Wendy's toys, including a card game, magnet doll, wind up toy, play clock, and a pair of sunglasses.a successful Dairy Queen Kid's Meal promo, with many toys. His most recent promotion was at Kmart where 3 toys were sold in the dining area.

Commercials[edit]

Garfield has also recently been in a commercial for Chia[disambiguation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Garfield's Fun Fest
  2. ^ "Garfield - Atari 2600 - Atari". AtariAge. Retrieved 2006-08-07. 
  3. ^ "Create With Garfield!". Apple II archive. Archived from the original on 2006-03-02. Retrieved 2006-08-07. 
  4. ^ Garfield Gets Real at The Pickford Bros' Website
  5. ^ "YouTube-BBC Top Gear Opening Titles 1996". Retrieved 2006-09-09. .
  6. ^ Maple Leaf Village Amusement Park Commercial
  7. ^ "Bill Watterson interview: Honk Magazine 1997". Retrieved 2006-08-07. 
  8. ^ Suellentrop, Chris (2004-06-11). "Garfield: Why we hate the Mouse but not the cartoon copycat". Slate. Retrieved 2006-08-07.