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No. 1837: Recapfield

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Recapfield

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Strip by: Billy Hicks

{Title card: 'Garfield' written in orange crayon}
{Garfield yawns}
Garfield: For those who came in late, here's what you missed
{Flashback to first panel of first strip, 1978}
Jon: Hi there...I'm Jon Arbuckle, I'm a cartoonist, and this is my cat, Garfield.
{Doorbell rings, 1979 Lyman walks in}
Jon: Lyman
Lyman: Jon
{1979 Odie bounces in}
Lyman: HERE BOY!
{1979 Garfield finds 1979 Pooky in a draw}
Garfield: Hello, what's this?
{1979 Liz walks in through the door}
Liz: Who's next, please?
{1979 Jon holds up 1979 Nermal}
Jon: Meet Nermal!
{1980 Arlene appears}
Arlene: My name's Arlene
{1984 Garfield hugs his mom}
Garfield: MOM!
Garfield: I'm alone
{1989 caption: 'YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW ALONE YOU ARE, GARFIELD}
{2001 Jon is reading a newspaper, 2001 Garfield stares at it in surprise}
Garfield: They haven't stopped making frozen pudding pops, have they?
{2006 Liz kisses 2006 Jon}
Liz: Well, happy birthday!
{Garfield yawns}

The author writes:

Found the original source strip randomly, and turned it into a quick lookback of 36 years of Garfield highlights: Garfield, Jon, Lyman, Odie, Pooky, Liz, Nermal, Arlene, and Garfield's mom's first appearances (or thereabouts), the infamous Halloween 1989 storyline, Liz becoming Jon's girlfriend, and a certain SRoMG pudding pop classic.

Original strips (hoo boy): 2014-02-02, 2000-03-04, 1978-06-19, 1978-08-07, 1978-08-08, 1978-10-23, 1979-06-26, 1979-09-03, 1980-12-18, 1984-12-11, 1989-10-24, 2001-11-28, 2006-07-28.