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Published since 1978, it chronicles the life of the title character, Garfield, the cat; Jon Arbuckle, the human; and Odie, the dog.
As of 2013, it was syndicated in roughly 2,580 newspapers and journals, and held the Guinness World Record for being the world's most widely syndicated comic strip.
Common themes in the strip include Garfield's laziness, obsessive eating, coffee, and disdain of Mondays and diets.
United Feature Syndicate accepted the retooled strip in 1978 and debuted it in 41 newspapers on June 19 The strip underwent stylistic changes, evolving from the realistic style of the 1978–83 strips, to a more cartoonish look from 1984 onward.
This change has mainly affected Garfield's design, which underwent a "Darwinian evolution" in which he began walking on his hind legs, "slimmed down", and "stopped looking [...] through squinty little eyes" His evolution, according to Davis, was to make it easier to "push Odie off the table" or "reach for a piece of pie." Jon also underwent physiological changes.
In 1994, Davis's company, Paws, Inc., purchased all rights to the strips from 1978 to 1993 from United Feature.
The strip is currently distributed by Universal Press Syndicate, while rights for the strip remain with Paws.