Vintage First edition Garfield at Large Book Collectible Humor Jim Davis Paper Ephemera EACH Comic Strip Hero Fat Cat Cat Lover


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Jim Davis, all copies are FIRST EDITIONS, by Ballantine Books...all well loved by my niece, condition will be listed within copy of each.
Jim Davis was born on July 28th, 1945 in Marion, IN. He later attended Ball State University in Muncie, IN where he distinguished himself by earning one of the lowest cumulative grade point averages in the history of the university. (Incidentally, a fellow classmate named David Letterman earned the other). The Garfield strip was born on June 19th, 1978, syndicated in 41 US newspapers. Today it's syndicated in more than 2,500 newspapers worldwide with 263 million readers. Recently, Guinness World Records‘, named GARFIELD "The Most Widely Syndicated Comic Strip in the World."
Jim Davis has had many successes with GARFIELD including four Emmy Awards for Outstanding Animated Program and induction into the Licensing Hall of Fame (1998), but his most prized awards are from his peers in the National Cartoonist Society: Best Humor Strip (1981 and 1985), the Elzie Segar Award (1990), and the coveted Reuben Award (1990) for overall excellence in cartooning.

Choose from EACH title:

1. Garfield at Large: His First Book

Garfield at Large, 1980 edition. FIRST EDITION

February 21, 1980

Garfield at Large: His First Book is the first compilation book of Garfield comic strips. The book was originally published by Ballantine Books in the United States in 1980 and the strips date from June 19, 1978 to January 22, 1979. This book introduced the "Garfield Format" to the comic book market. Prior to its publication, comic strip compilations were most commonly formatted like a standard paperback book with the panels running down the page. Jim Davis, Garfield's author, disliked the idea and convinced Ballantine to print the strips from left to right, as they would have appeared in the newspaper. This resulted in the final product being shorter from top to bottom and much wider from side to side than the average paperback book.[1] The book was #1 on The New York Times bestseller list for almost two years.[2]

In the original editions, the strips were published in black and white, including the Sunday strips, which appeared in color originally in their newspaper format. Garfield at Large has since been republished in full color in 2001 as part of the "Garfield Classics" series and as part of a “Fat Cat 3-Pack” (pack containing the first three books for a discounted price) in 1993 and 2001, the latter with its strips in full color. The colorized editions correct an error present in all previous editions: the July 23, 1978 strip originally had the first panel (Garfield hopping down the stairs) printed as the fourth panel.

Book is in good condition, my niece wrote her name on inside cover, binding shows a scuff and a bit of wear.This was her first Garfield book and shows the most wear...

2. Garfield Fat Cat/ 3pk (third book)
Compilation of Garfield Sits Around the House, Garfield Tips the Scales, Garfield Loses his Feet, 1983 Ballantine Books, in excellent condition.

When one Garfield isn't enough! That four-legged fur balloon we affectionately refer to as Garfield always wants more -- and he gives as good as he gets in this hilarious volume of belly-busting laughs. So whether he's chaining himself to the refrigerator, biting Odie's fingernails, or borrowing Jon's deodorant, there's only one thing better than a Garfield collection: three Garfield collections!

3. Garfield Chews The Fat, His 17th book
1989 Ballantine books
Excellent condition, name stamped on inside cover
Who's back in the limelight again? It's Garfield! Leading the world in most naps snoozed per year, perfecting the art of eating without coming up for air, and discovering that dessert is the most important meal of the day. Garfield's back, and we've got him right where we want him!

4. Garfield Hangs Out, His 19th book, FIRST EDITION, 1990
My niece wrote her name on inside and colored neatly Garfield' Hangs Out on Title page

Whether he's down on the farm, lost in a world of his own, or camping out with the gang, Garfield always finds a way to keep life interesting. Now, that might be bad news for Jon and Odie, but it's great for the rest of his millions of fans, as Garfield takes the spotlight for his nineteenth star turn! Or, as Garfield might say, when the going gets tough, the tough take a nap.

5. Garfield Takes His Licks, His 24th Book, 1993, FIRST EDITION
No writing, good overall condition

Just as day becomes night, summer becomes fall, and breakfast becomes lunch (with ample time for snacks in between!), Garfield becomes plumper and funnier with every meal he devours and every practical joke he performs. So whether he’s nudging Odie off the coffee table or “doing” lunch with Jon’s goldfish, Garfield’s in it for the fun—and so are we!

6. Garfield Dishes it Out, His 27th Book, FIRST EDITION, in excellent condition, no this time, my niece grew up, and moved onto to other books...still a great romp with outr favorite fat cat...

The surest way to a cat's heart is through his stomach. Garfield knows this tasty fact from experience After all, the only thing bigger than Garfield's heart (and his latest hearty slab of lasagna) is his darling "little" tummy. But when he's not eating between meals, America's favorite feline is dishing out ample helpings of humor. So whether he's triple-lutzing his way to supper or tap dancing with Odie by the light of the moon, Garfield was born to make us laugh well past dessert

Materials: paper.