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When Did Garfield Comic Strip End?

Garfield is one of the most beloved comic strips of all time, featuring the famously lazy and lasagna-loving orange cat and his owner, Jon Arbuckle. Created by Jim Davis in 1978, Garfield has been entertaining readers for over 40 years. But when did the Garfield comic strip end?

The End of Garfield

The truth is, the Garfield comic strip has not officially ended. Jim Davis is still creating new strips to this day, and they are published daily in newspapers around the world. However, there have been some changes to how the strip is distributed and published.

In 2011, Jim Davis announced that he was cutting back on his involvement with the daily production of Garfield strips. He handed over most of the writing responsibilities to his team of writers and Illustrators at Paws, Inc., his production company. Davis still oversees all Garfield projects but has taken a step back from the day-to-day creation of new strips.

This change did not result in any noticeable dip in quality or popularity for the strip. In fact, it allowed for more frequent publication of new material. Today, there are more than 14,000 Garfield strips in existence.

The Legacy of Garfield

Despite being around for over four decades now, Garfield remains as popular as ever. The character has appeared in numerous TV shows and movies over the years and has become a cultural icon.

Garfield merchandise is also wildly popular, with everything from plush toys to coffee mugs featuring his likeness available for purchase. There are even theme parks dedicated to the character.


So while it’s true that the daily creation of new Garfield strips is no longer solely handled by Jim Davis himself, fans can rest assured that their favorite lasagna-loving cat will continue to entertain them for years to come. Whether you’re a longtime fan or just discovering the strip for the first time, there’s no denying the enduring appeal of Garfield.