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No. 3312: ID4-field

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Strip by: Michael Jacoby

1978
Garfield {putting his paw in the water bowl of a startled fish}: Call it an ethnic weakness.
1979
Jon: How would you like this head of cabbage prepared?
Garfield: Deep-fry that sucker
1980
Garfield {against a teal wall, horrified}: Oh no! Here comes the Sludge Monster!
1981
{Garfield watches on nonchalantly as a gray cat with a dented tail walks towards him}
1982
Garfield {lifting a trash can lid, causing three flies to appear with similar color schemes to the Powerpuff Girls 16 years early}: Yuk!
1983
Garfield {appearing out of a fern pot with the plant on his head as Jon looks on, surprised}: I say we attack the fort at dawn
1984
{A tomato splats at Garfield}
SFX: BLAT!
1985
Garfield {in a tree, talking to what appears to be a squirrel, as evidenced by the buck teeth, position of front paws, and tail, despite almost looking like a cat}: Come clean, Ed. You can't tell me you've never been on the ground. That's impossible
1986
{Odie is eating food out of Garfield's dish}
Garfield: Normally, I'd destroy Odie for this, but, luckily for him, I've had a change of heart
1987
{An annoyed Garfield is dancing with a large blue dog, who looks pleased}
Garfield: Next time I lead, all right?
1988
{The word "CHONK" in multicolored letters}
1989
{Jon lies in a collapsed chair with his arms in the air}
1990
Jon {sitting in the magically mended chair}: Was that an eclipse?
1991
{A grapefruit flies by, hitting Garfield, as a pie floats nearby}
SFX: KAWHANG!
1992
Jon {laying his head almost intimately on the counter}: C'mon, meow for me
Garfield {indignantly}: First you go goo-goo for me
1993
{Holding his food dish, Garfield pulls up a mysterious flesh-colored lump}
SFX: STRETCH
1994
Garfield {eagerly pointing at some shredded pieces of paper}: And here, and here, and...
{Jon looks at the shredded pieces in horror. Because they're of the US Constitution?}
1995
Garfield {wearing a giant hat}: But I refuse to get any sun!
1996
Jon: Here, I am king
Garfield {walking away}: Excuse me, sire, whilst your royal wretch ralphs on the royal rug
1997
{In the park, after Jon hits on a blonde woman}
Woman: I have a brick in my purse
Garfield: Must be a code
1998
{Garfield looks on in surprise at the now-apparently sentient TV}
TV: "Click" yourself!
1999
{A hole near Jon's house}
Garfield: That was fun! Blow it up again!
Jon: Kindly remove your foot from my nostril so that I may kill you
2000
{Jon, Liz, and Garfield are either in a stadium or in a movie theater; they are seated and looking up}
Liz: You had to change seats, didn't you?
2001
{Jon is sitting outside shirtless and in a hat and is starting to get sunburn}
Garfield: Looks like I got here just in time
2002
{All black except Garfield's eyes}
Garfield: But wait! There's a light at the end of the tunnel!
2003
{A wall of "Ding-Dongs" and music notes}
Garfield {smirking at us}: You'd think the man had never been locked out of his house before
2004
Jon {off-panel}: ODIE!!!
{Odie turns around frightened}
Garfield: Well, I guess not even Odie is perfect
2005
Jon {to Garfield, who is still in bed}: Are you ever getting up?!
2006
{At the vet's, Jon is sticking out his tongue}
Liz: Let me rephrase that
2007
{A dog with its mouth open is holding a sign that says "Inquire within", as Garfield looks at us skeptically}
2008
{Jon, his father, and Garfield are leaning against a fence}
Father: Yup
Jon: Yup
2009
{Most of Jon is stuck inside a leaf blower}
Jon: The leaf blower sucks, too!
Garfield: Oh, for a world where pets could pick their owners
2010
{Garfield is holding up a fantastic drawing of a winged pig}
2011
{Jon is in the pool with a mouse lifeguard}
Jon: I've felt safer
2012
Garfield {walking away, indicating something over his shoulder}: There were five of them
2013
Jon {holding a wire to apparently a suicide vest}: Pull this and it explodes!
Garfield: Allow me
2014
{Jon looks still and shocked}
Garfield: ...the roller coasters...
2015
SFX: Vroom!
Jon {thinking}: Vroom?
2016
{Garfield lying inert}
2017
{At the farm}
Jon: Have you ever seen so many tractors?
Garfield: I think I'm overdressed

The author writes:

Inspired by SRoMG #3063, I selected a series of panels of Garfield strips published on Independence Day, the Fourth of July. I chose visually interesting panels and panels with the general context of the strip removed. Some, I chose for esoteric reasons. For example, the 1997 strip appears in my copy of The Eleventh Garfield Fat Cat 3-Pack and the last two words of Garfield's dialogue don't appear in full for some reason, making him appear to say, "Must be" with no conclusion to that sentence. Also, in some panels above, the speech bubbles don't appear white and are colored similarly to the blue sky for some reason.

Original strips: strips published on 07-04 from 1978-07-04 to 2017-07-04.