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No. 6: Silent-Era Garfield

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Silent-Era Garfield

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Strip by: David Morgan-Mar

{Garfield lies prone on the floor with a confident grin. The images are sepia-toned and scratchy.}
{Garfield strains mightily to push himself off the floor.}
{Garfield lies flat on the floor with a disgruntled expression.}
Card with Garfield's thoughts written on it, surrounded by a fancy border: 'So much for "push". Tomorrow we work on "up".'

The author writes:

This is a classic case of where Garfield violates the fundamental principle of comedy: Brevity is the soul of wit*. The original strip (1988-04-15) has completely superfluous dialogue in the first two panels. You really only need the punchline to make the joke work - and it actually works better that way. So I decided to turn this one completely silent and have the punchline appear as a silent movie era title card.

* Polonius, in Hamlet, Act II, Scene 2.