March 14, 2014
Created by Jim Davis in 1978.
Cartoonist Jim Davis is apologizing for a Garfield strip that some veterans may have found offensive.
The strip ran Thursday in newspapers across the country. It shows a spider daring the pudgy orange cat to squash it. The spider tells Garfield that if he is killed, "they will hold an annual day of remembrance in my honor."
The final panel shows a spider-teacher asking its class if they know why spiders celebrate "National Stupid Day."
In a statement on his Website, Davis of Muncie, Indiana, says he didn't know the strip would appear on Veterans Day and "it absolutely, positively has nothing to do with this important day of remembrance." He says his brother and son served in the military.
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