This collection features some of the best of the long-running Garfield comic strip as well as some previously unseen panels from creator Jim Davis's personal collection. Experience twenty-five years of the furry phenomenon known as Garfield with this fun, in-depth, and lavishly illustrated book.
A Unique Gift Idea for the Garfield Fan
Enhance your library with this beautiful leather bound collector's edition from Easton Press. A fun comic book for your library or office. Signed Limited Edition. Personally hand signed by Jim Davis. Only one in stock. Includes certificate of authenticity to guarantee the signature. Full of color illustrations by Jim Davis. 221 pages. Over-sized book measuring 11" x 21". Signed First Edition as stated on copyright page, "First Edition: November 2002".
As New - Mint condition. Fine condition. Flawless. A beautiful bright clean copy. Includes extra unattached bookplate for your own personalization. Not sealed as shown. Our last copy in stock.
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* Premium Leather
* Silk Moire Endleaves
* Distinctive Cover Design
* Hubbed Spine, Accented in Real 22KT Gold
* Satin Ribbon Page Marker
* Gilded Page Edges
* Long-lasting, High Quality Acid-neutral Paper
* Smyth-sewn Pages for Strength and Durability
* Beautiful Illustrations
Jim Davis’s grandfather, James A. Garfield Davis, was a big, cantankerous, outspoken man. Garfield is a big, cantankerous, outspoken cat. Coincidence? Of course not. The cartoon affectionately modeled on his grandfather has propelled creator Jim Davis—and Garfield—into the realm of comic superstardom. In this book, you’ll get a unique look back at the humble beginnings and enormous success of America’s favorite feline.
In Dog Years I’d Be Dead takes a comprehensive look at everything Garfield— the comics, the television shows, the zillions of products (who on the planet hasn’t seen the grinning plush doll suction-cupped to a car window?), and, of course, the fans. You’ll get the inside scoop about the pioneering comic-strip books that set the standard for the industry with a shape now called the “Garfield format.” You’ll venture into the studio where the voice talent recorded TV shows, and hear about the antics of special guest stars like Jonathan Winters and Buddy Hackett. Loaded with never-before-seen archival gems from Jim Davis’s personal collection and tribute cartoons from legends like Beetle Bailey’s Mort Walker, Blondie’s Dean Young, and The Family Circus’s Bill Keane, this is a book to treasure.
About the Author
James Robert "Jim" Davis (born July 28, 1945), is an American cartoonist who created the popular comic strip Garfield. Other comics that he has worked on include Tumbleweeds, Gnorm Gnat, U.S. Acres a.k.a. Orson's Farm, and a strip about Mr. Potato Head. He has written Emmy-award winning TV specials and was also one of the producers behind the Garfield & Friends TV show which aired on CBS from 1988 to 1995. In addition, he is currently the writer and co-producer of a trilogy of CGI-direct-to-video feature films about Garfield; the first one, Garfield Gets Real, was released in 2007.
Prior to creating Garfield, Davis worked for a local advertising agency and in 1969 began assisting Tom Ryan's comic strip, Tumbleweeds. He then created a comic strip, Gnorm Gnat, that ran for five years in The Pendleton Times, an Indiana newspaper. Davis tried to sell it to a national comic strip syndicate, but an editor told him, "Your art is good, your gags are great, but bugs â€” nobody can relate to bugs!"
On June 19, 1978, Garfield started syndication in 41 newspapers. Things were going well until the Chicago Sun-Times cancelled the strip, prompting an outcry from 1300 readers. Garfield was reinstated and the strip quickly became the fastest selling comic strip in the world. Today it is syndicated in 2400 newspapers and is read by approximately 200 million readers each day.
In the 1988-1994 cartoon series Garfield and Friends, one episode ("Mystic Manor") has a scene where Garfield slid down a fireman's pole in a haunted house, and Davis has a brief cameo as himself drawing a cartoon.
In the 1980s, Davis also created the barnyard-slapstick comic strip U.S. Acres, featuring Orson the Pig. Outside the U.S., the strip was known as Orson's Farm. Davis also created a 2000-2003 strip based on the toy Mr. Potato Head with Brett Koth.
In 2005, Davis appeared in the music video "Lazy Muncie", a parody of the Saturday Night Live video "Lazy Sunday".
Most recently, Jim Davis founded The Professor Garfield Foundation, to support children's literacy.