Permanent URL: https://mezzacotta.net/garfield/?comic=372
Strip by: DanielBT
Jon: Hi, there... I'm Jon Arbuckle.
Jon: I'm a cartoonist.
Jon: And this is...
Jon: my cat, Garfield.
Garfield: Hi, there.
Garfield: I'm Garfield. I'm a cat, and...
Garfield: this is my cartoonist, Jon.
Jon: Our only thought...
Jon: is to entertain you.
Garfield: Feed me.
The author writes:
This is a combination of the first Garfield strip, and the first two pages of the Manga, What's Michael? by Makoto Kobayashi. Very telling, especially since What's Michael? is often referred to as the Japanese Garfield.
If the images don't look familiar, it's because it's one of several stories that were left out when Dark Horse picked up the license. I was only aware of it because an earlier English publication showed it. Unfortunately, I can't remember who published it, save that it had an introduction by Cat Yronwode. AnimeNewsNetwork and even Wikipedia have no clues as to who published What's Michael? first, but there is some information here.
Original Garfield strip: 1978-06-19 (Obviously!)
Original strip: 1978-06-19.