When I was a kid, Garfield was everywhere. I'd buy his books, his posters, I'd watch his TV specials... Garfield was the #1 cartoon of my youth.
There was nothing better than scoring a new Garfield book at the Scholastic Book Fair. And if you could score an I Hate Mondays poster... that was the coolest.
In the mid-to-late-80s, Garfield was king, and then he was gone. I don't know if I just grew out of Garfield or if his star faded, but Garfield-mania came to an end.
Garfield's creator, Jim Davis, is still with us, but he recently cashed out.
In 2019, Davis sold Paws, Inc. to the mass media conglomerate Viacom, which months later merged with CBS Corporation to form ViacomCBS (now Paramount Global).
If that isn't a sign of the times, I don't know what is.
And lest we forget the GarfieldEats restaurant that opened here in 2020. It didn't last long. But that's okay, I get my lasagna from Palma Pasta.