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No. 2288: Much Better

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Much Better

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Strip by: Doormat

{Garfield is sitting on a torn-up couch.}
Garfield: Much better.
{Garfield is sleeping.}
Garfield: Much better.
{Garfield is walking while dripping alcohol.}
Garfield: Much better.
{Garfield is watching while Odie, Lyman and Jon are fighting.}
Garfield: Much better.
{Garfield is sitting on a torn-up armchair.}
Garfield: Much better.
{Garfield is holding a cup of coffee.}
Garfield: Much better.
{Garfield is standing behind a window, having just cleaned it.}
Garfield: Much better.
{Garfield is hanging awkwardly on a tree.}
Garfield: Much better.
{Garfield is standing before two mouse holes in a wall, one of which has a mouse poking out.}
Mouse: Much better.
{Garfield is wrapped in a blanket sitting in an armchair with Pooky while drinking hot chocolate.}
Garfield: Much better.

The author writes:

I was flipping through old Garfields when I noticed both a strip and the strip after it used the phrase "Much better" in the punchline. Using a text search I uncovered several strips over the years using the phrase. It really shows how much the art has changed over time (but now that it's computer-generated there's hardly room for change any more, sadly).

Original strips (left to right, top to bottom): 1978-07-10, 1978-07-11, 1979-01-21, 1979-04-01, 1980-09-28, 1986-03-23, 1993-09-12, 1993-02-10, 1999-08-28, 2013-01-06.