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Thursday, October 19, 2017 

Why must Jim Davis contribute to Marvel in its current state?

Entertainment Weekly says the Garfield cartoonist took an assignment to draw a humor strip for Marvel with Galactus standing in for the famous cartoon cat in a segment of Unbeatable Squirrel Girl:
“Ryan North sent me an email last winter about this idea to do a special Squirrel Girl issue drawn by the cartoon characters themselves, with different artists for each style,” Davis tells EW. “He explained Galactus seemed like a logical one for me, because of Garfield — having the appetite of the planets, and being one of the biggest and oldest of the Marvel characters. Garfield will be 40 next year, and is himself reaching iconic status.” [...]

“Ryan explained to me, he wanted it to be done in our style. He likened and wrote Galactus as Garfield and Norin Radd as Jon. That determined what they were going to look like,” Davis says. “When you look at the Silver Surfer, he’s 75 percent of the way there anyway with Jon, all we had to do is give him the big eyes. That was a natural. John kind of hangs around Garfield anyway, he’s the straight man to Garfield’s gags and has to get him food. He’s like Garfield’s herald. Galactus was tougher. We were throwing stuff back and forth, and the initial sketches just weren’t working for Galactus. I said okay, we gotta make him fat. The guy eats planets, for god’s sake! Once we do that, it’s a little less Galactus but certainly a lot more Garfield. It looked more natural. Obviously, Galactus has put on a few mega-tons for this strip.”
I honestly think it's ludicrous to compare Galactus to Garfield, because unlike the planet devourer, Garfield doesn't risk devouring living beings along with the planets Galactus did. What the gigantic alien warlord's done isn't a laughing matter either. Even if this is supposed to be a joke tale, it still doesn't feel right.

And I honestly think it's a shame when talented cartoonists, just like artists, do jobs for editors and publishers like Quesada who don't belong in the jobs they have.

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