Jim Davis Apologizes for Controversial Veteran’s Day ‘Garfield’ Comic Strip

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Cartoonist Jim Davis says that a controversial comic strip that ran on Veteran's Day was just bad timing and meant no harm or disrespect.

In the strip, Garfield is about to squash a spider with a newspaper. The spider says, "If you squish me, I shall become famous! They will hold an annual day of remembrance in my honor, you fat slob."

The final panel shows the spider addressing a group of other spiders: "Does anyone here know why we celebrate 'National Stupid Day?'"

 
Davis claims the strip was actually created a long time ago and that the decision to run it on Veteran’s Day was "the worst timing ever."
 
"I had no idea when writing it that it would appear today – of all days," he said. "I do not use a calendar that lists holidays and other notable days, so when this strip was put in the queue, I had no idea it would run on Veterans Day."

Davis also said his brother served in Vietnam, and his son has served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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