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'Garfield' Creator Jim Davis Apolgizes for "Worst Timing Ever" Comic

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Nov. 12 2010, Published 10:57 a.m. ET

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Garfield is always getting into trouble and Veterans Day was no exception. Creator Jim Davis had to apologize for the comic that ran on the holiday for its poor "timing."

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The comic strip that ran on Thursday shows Garfield about to hit a spider with a rolled-up newspaper and what the spider is thinking.

"If you squish me, I shall become famous!" the first panel reads. "They will hold an annual day of remembrance in my honor, you fat slob," the second panel states.

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And the last panel shows a spider at a teacher's desk in front of a group of other spiders saying, "'Does anyone here know why we celebrate 'National Stupid Day?'"

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According to CNN, Jim said the comic being printed on Veterans Day was "the worst timing ever."

"The strip that runs in today's paper seems to be making a statement about Veterans Day. It absolutely, positively has nothing to do with this important day of remembrance," he wrote in a letter to friends, fans and veterans and said it had been written nearly a year ago.

"I had no idea when writing it that it would appear today — of all days," he added. "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."

Jim's brother served in Vietnam and his son in Iraq and Afghanistan so he said, "You'd have to go a long way to find someone who was more proud and grateful for what our veterans have done for all of us."

"You can bet I'll have a calendar that lists EVERYTHING by my side in the future," he concluded.

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