Follow TV Tropes

Following

History ComicStrip / Jon

Go To



** Liz looks like a completely different person, having blonde hair, no makeup, and a very innocent look that treats Jon with curiosity and fear. She's also only identified as "that girl." After only two appearances like this, she reappears with her familiar black hair and more importantly her extreme deadpan demeanor.

to:

** Liz looks like a completely different person, having blonde hair, no makeup, and a very innocent look that treats Jon with curiosity and fear. She's also only initially identified as "that girl." After only two appearances like this, she reappears with her familiar black hair and more importantly her extreme deadpan demeanor.


** Several jokes involved Garfield lusting over female celebrities of the time, including a joke where Lyman points out to Jon the irony of a cat watching the ''Series/TheMickeyMouseClub''... only for Garfield's thought bubble to reveal he's interested in Annette Funicello. This particular gag ''was'' reused in the syndicated series, minus Lyman, but similar gags that namedropped Farah Fawcett were cut, making it a bit of an outlier.

to:

** Several jokes involved Garfield lusting over female celebrities of the time, including a joke where Lyman points out to Jon the irony of a cat watching the ''Series/TheMickeyMouseClub''... only for Garfield's thought bubble to reveal he's interested in Annette Funicello.Creator/AnnetteFunicello. This particular gag ''was'' reused in the syndicated series, minus Lyman, but similar gags that namedropped Farah Fawcett were cut, making it a bit of an outlier.

Added DiffLines:

* LookBehindYou: In the March 24, 1977 strip, Lyman distracts Jon during a tennis game by telling him that Farah Fawcett in the nude is behind him.
-->'''Jon''': I should have seen right through it when he said "in the nude".


** Jon's design also starts out being quite a bit different, although he began to approach the look he would have in the ''Garfield'' strip proper by the end of the strip's run.

to:

** Jon's design also starts out being quite a bit different, although he began to approach the look he would have in the ''Garfield'' strip proper by the end of the strip's run.October 1976.



** Spot's first design resembled a chihuahua, although at one point it abruptly changed to Odie's first design.
** Liz looks like a completely different person, having blonde hair, no makeup, and a very innocent look that treats Jon with curiosity and fear. She’s also only identified as “that girl.” After only two appearances like this, she reappears with her familiar black hair and more importantly her extreme deadpan demeanor.

to:

** Spot's first design resembled a chihuahua, although at one point on October 21, 1976 it abruptly changed to Odie's first design.
** Liz looks like a completely different person, having blonde hair, no makeup, and a very innocent look that treats Jon with curiosity and fear. She’s She's also only identified as “that "that girl." After only two appearances like this, she reappears with her familiar black hair and more importantly her extreme deadpan demeanor.



** The comic isn't based around Garfield, so some strips focus on Jon and his life without any appearances or even references to Garfield. Many strips from ''Jon'' were remade as ''Garfield'' strips only now Garfield would be present and usually deliver a punchline. Ironically, a common criticism of the modern ''Garfield'' comic is how strange it is that Jon takes Garfield to places a pet wouldn't be welcome such as restaurants... while in Jon, Garfield is only ever shown at the house where he lives and Jon goes to places like restaurants alone.

to:

** The comic isn't based around Garfield, so some strips focus on Jon and his life without any appearances or even references to Garfield. Many strips from ''Jon'' were remade as ''Garfield'' strips only now Garfield would be present and usually deliver a punchline. Ironically, a common criticism of the modern ''Garfield'' comic is how strange it is that Jon takes Garfield to places a pet wouldn't be welcome such as restaurants... while in Jon, ''Jon'', Garfield is only ever shown at the house where he lives and Jon goes to places like restaurants alone.



** In Liz’s first appearances, she’s silent and somewhat scared of Jon’s aggressive advances. This quickly morphs to her developing a sarcastic attitude that’s always more than capable of putting Jon in his place. She’s also not a vet in this strip, instead she’s a new waitress at Irma’s diner who has to put up with Jon as a regular customer instead.
** Jon’s pursuit of Liz is less “dumb awkward dork” and more “creepy stalker.” He even starts following Liz around town to try and force interactions and when he dives into a burger booth to get her to talk to him she actually looks scared of him.

to:

** In Liz’s Liz's first appearances, she’s she's silent and somewhat scared of Jon’s Jon's aggressive advances. This quickly morphs to her developing a sarcastic attitude that’s that's always more than capable of putting Jon in his place. She’s She's also not a vet in this strip, instead she’s she's a new waitress at Irma’s Irma's diner who has to put up with Jon as a regular customer instead.
** Jon’s Jon's pursuit of Liz is less “dumb "dumb awkward dork” dork" and more “creepy "creepy stalker." He even starts following Liz around town to try and force interactions and when he dives into a burger booth to get her to talk to him she actually looks scared of him.


You can view the surviving strips on the [[TheWikiRule Garfield Wiki]] starting [[https://garfield.fandom.com/wiki/Jon,_1976_comic_strips here]].

to:

You The entire series can view the surviving strips on the [[TheWikiRule Garfield Wiki]] starting [[https://garfield.fandom.com/wiki/Jon,_1976_comic_strips be viewed in PDF format [[https://drive.google.com/file/d/1mIxJ-58j1j001X7PHmafY3y8mdtG8HV-/view here]].



* AscendedExtra: Garfield was a minor player in early strips, although his role would be greatly expanded by 1977, the strip being renamed late that year.

to:

* AscendedExtra: Garfield was a minor player in early strips, although his role would be greatly expanded by 1977, the strip being renamed late that year. This was apparently at the behest of Jim Davis' editor, who pointed out that Garfield got all the best punchlines.



** Several jokes involved Garfield lusting over female celebrities of the time, including a joke where Lyman points out to Jon the irony of a cat watching the ''Series/TheMickeyMouseClub''... only for Garfield's thought bubble to reveal he's interested in Annette Funicello.

to:

** Several jokes involved Garfield lusting over female celebrities of the time, including a joke where Lyman points out to Jon the irony of a cat watching the ''Series/TheMickeyMouseClub''... only for Garfield's thought bubble to reveal he's interested in Annette Funicello. This particular gag ''was'' reused in the syndicated series, minus Lyman, but similar gags that namedropped Farah Fawcett were cut, making it a bit of an outlier.
** Garfield's teddy bear Pooky was originally named "Huggy".


** The comic isn't based around Garfield, so some strips focus on Jon and his life without any appearances or even references to Garfield. Many strips from ‘’Jon’’ were remade as ‘’Garfield’’ stripe only now Garfield would be present and usually deliver a punchline.

to:

** The comic isn't based around Garfield, so some strips focus on Jon and his life without any appearances or even references to Garfield. Many strips from ‘’Jon’’ ''Jon'' were remade as ‘’Garfield’’ stripe ''Garfield'' strips only now Garfield would be present and usually deliver a punchline.punchline. Ironically, a common criticism of the modern ''Garfield'' comic is how strange it is that Jon takes Garfield to places a pet wouldn't be welcome such as restaurants... while in Jon, Garfield is only ever shown at the house where he lives and Jon goes to places like restaurants alone.



** The doctor is a goofy HerrDoktor type named Dr. Gustav Stitch, and he doesn't check up on Garfield but on Jon. He seems to be a remake of a recurring mad doctor from ‘’Gnorm Gnat’’ but Davis quickly drops the character entirely.

to:

** The doctor is a goofy HerrDoktor type named Dr. Gustav Stitch, and he doesn't check up on Garfield but on Jon. He seems to be a remake of a recurring mad doctor character from ‘’Gnorm Gnat’’ ''Gnorm Gnat'', Dr. Rosenwurm, but Davis quickly drops the character entirely.



** In Liz’s first appearances, she’s silent and somewhat scared of Jon’s aggressive advances. This quickly morphs to her developing a sarcastic demeanor that’s always more than capable of putting Jon in his place. She’s also not a vet in this strip, instead she’s a new waitress at Irma’s diner who has to put up with Jon instead.

to:

** In Liz’s first appearances, she’s silent and somewhat scared of Jon’s aggressive advances. This quickly morphs to her developing a sarcastic demeanor attitude that’s always more than capable of putting Jon in his place. She’s also not a vet in this strip, instead she’s a new waitress at Irma’s diner who has to put up with Jon as a regular customer instead.


Added DiffLines:

** Several jokes involved Garfield lusting over female celebrities of the time, including a joke where Lyman points out to Jon the irony of a cat watching the ''Series/TheMickeyMouseClub''... only for Garfield's thought bubble to reveal he's interested in Annette Funicello.


** Liz looks like a completely different person, having blonde hair, no makeup, and a very innocent look that treats Jon with curiosity and fear. She’s also only identified as “that girl.” After only two appearances like this, she reappears with her familiar black hair and more importantly her extreme deadpan demeanor.



** The comic isn't based around Garfield, so some strips focus on Jon and his life without any appearances or even references to Garfield.

to:

** The comic isn't based around Garfield, so some strips focus on Jon and his life without any appearances or even references to Garfield. Many strips from ‘’Jon’’ were remade as ‘’Garfield’’ stripe only now Garfield would be present and usually deliver a punchline.



** The doctor is a goofy HerrDoktor type named Dr. Gustav Stitch, and he doesn't check up on Garfield but on Jon.
** In one comic, Garfield threatens to punch Spot for no reason than just because he doesn't like him. This would be abnormally violent for Garfield.

to:

** The doctor is a goofy HerrDoktor type named Dr. Gustav Stitch, and he doesn't check up on Garfield but on Jon.
Jon. He seems to be a remake of a recurring mad doctor from ‘’Gnorm Gnat’’ but Davis quickly drops the character entirely.
** In one comic, Garfield threatens to punch Spot for no reason than just because he doesn't like him. This would be abnormally violent even for Garfield.Garfield.
** In Liz’s first appearances, she’s silent and somewhat scared of Jon’s aggressive advances. This quickly morphs to her developing a sarcastic demeanor that’s always more than capable of putting Jon in his place. She’s also not a vet in this strip, instead she’s a new waitress at Irma’s diner who has to put up with Jon instead.
** Jon’s pursuit of Liz is less “dumb awkward dork” and more “creepy stalker.” He even starts following Liz around town to try and force interactions and when he dives into a burger booth to get her to talk to him she actually looks scared of him.

Added DiffLines:

* HypocriticalHumor: In one strip, Garfield reads a letter that involves violent methods of curing a cat's cold. He is disturbed and calls out the owner, before saying that the real way to cure the cold is to put a lit cherry bomb up the cat's nose.


In a set-up that sounds ''very'' familiar in hindsight, the comic is about a cartoonist named Jon Arbuckle and his FatCat Garfield, who are occasionally joined by Jon's friend Lyman and his dog, Odi-- sorry, "Spot". Its humor and jokes are near identical to ''Garfield'''s, down to the lasagna jokes, but the art-style is different. Many of the strips were even later redone in ''Garfield''. Also notable for the comic, is that, due to the fact it was focused on Jon, there are several strips where the famous cat is entirely absent. However, the strip shifted focus from Jon to Garfield mostly due to pressure from comic syndicators to rework his cat as the star as they felt the cat had better lines than his human.

to:

In a set-up that sounds ''very'' familiar in hindsight, the comic is about a cartoonist named Jon Arbuckle and his FatCat fat cat Garfield, who are occasionally joined by Jon's friend Lyman and his dog, Odi-- sorry, "Spot". Its humor and jokes are near identical to ''Garfield'''s, down to the lasagna jokes, but the art-style is different. Many of the strips were even later redone in ''Garfield''. Also notable for the comic, is that, due to the fact it was focused on Jon, there are several strips where the famous cat is entirely absent. However, the strip shifted focus from Jon to Garfield mostly due to pressure from comic syndicators to rework his cat as the star as they felt the cat had better lines than his human.


** Odie is named "Spot". This explains the joke in ''Garfield'' when Garfield snarks "They should have named him 'Spot'" (referencing Odie's PottyFailure), which was "So ''that's'' why they call him 'Spot'".

to:

** Odie is named "Spot". This explains the joke in ''Garfield'' when Garfield snarks "They should have named him 'Spot'" (referencing Odie's PottyFailure), which was originally "So ''that's'' why they call him 'Spot'".'Spot'" and had to be changed when it was recycled for the later strip.


* ShoutOut: One strip has Garfield thinking about the movie ''Rocky''. Then, some fleas make him pose like a boxer.

to:

* ShoutOut: One strip has Garfield thinking about the movie ''Rocky''. Then, some fleas make him Then he decides to pose like a boxer.


''Jon'' is an obscure comic strip by Creator/JimDavis made for an local Indiana weekly newspaper named ''Pendleton Times'' between 1976 and 1978, between ''ComicStrip/GnormGnat'' and ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'', being a prototypical version of the latter.

to:

''Jon'' is an obscure comic strip by Creator/JimDavis made for an local Indiana weekly newspaper named ''Pendleton Times'' between from 1976 and 1978, between ''ComicStrip/GnormGnat'' and ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'', being a prototypical version of the latter.


Not to be confused with the ''Garfield'' fan-comic ''Jon'' by Gale Gilligan.

to:

Not to be confused with the ''Garfield'' fan-comic ''Jon'' ''Webcomic/{{Jon}}'' by Gale Gilligan.


* FourthWallMailSlot: The [[https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/garfield/images/6/64/Missing_14.JPG/revision/latest?cb=20190730014001 June 17, 1976]] strip saw Garfield answering a letter, and other strips mat have had this as well.

to:

* FourthWallMailSlot: The [[https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/garfield/images/6/64/Missing_14.JPG/revision/latest?cb=20190730014001 June 17, 1976]] strip saw Garfield answering a letter, and other strips mat may have had this as well.


* FourthWallMailSlot: The June 17, 1976 strip saw Garfield answering a letter, and other strips mat have had this as well.

to:

* FourthWallMailSlot: The [[https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/garfield/images/6/64/Missing_14.JPG/revision/latest?cb=20190730014001 June 17, 1976 1976]] strip saw Garfield answering a letter, and other strips mat have had this as well.

Showing 15 edit(s) of 38

Top

How well does it match the trope?

Example of:

/

Media sources:

/

Report