Garfield is born on the comics pages, created by Jim Davis, on June 19, 1978. Today, the strip appears in over 2,400 newspapers and is read daily by over 200 million people around the globe. The success of the comic strip spawned a popular animated TV show, “Garfield & Friends” in 1988 to 1995. Nearly 400 manufacturers crank out thousands of products. Garfield’s vast empire stretches into 110 countries and includes a popular website,  www.garfield.com