It looks like Garfield has some new friends: Jim Davis has illustrated a story for Marvel’s The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #26, featuring his take on Galactus and the Silver Surfer.
As first revealed by Entertainment Weekly, the story effectively casts Garfield as Galactus and Jon Arbuckle as the Silver Surfer, playing off the dynamics of the respective characters (and Galactus and Garfield’s famed appetites, natch). It’s written by Squirrel Girl series writer Ryan North, and illustrated by Davis and his assistants Gary Barker and Dan Davis.
“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,” Davis told EW. “That was a natural. Jon 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 to figure out how to realize in the Garfield style, Davis said, with the end result “a little less Galactus but certainly a lot more Garfield.”
It’s rare to see Davis do work outside of Garfield — Sex Criminals co-creator Chip Zdarsky wrote in 2014 on Tumblr that he had tried to get Davis to contribute a cover for the series, but it didn’t happen (which Zdarsky at least partially chalked up to the fact that the comic is called Sex Criminals). But Davis did send a drawing of Garfield in a Chip Zdarsky costume (playing off the fact that Zdarsky has made appearances wearing a Garfield costume).
Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #26 is a zine-styled issue of the fan-favorite series, featuring contributions from various artists including Michael Cho, Rahzzah, Chip Zdarsky, Rico Renzi and series artist Erica Henderson, under the concept of characters in the Marvel Universe making their own comics. The issue is scheduled for release on Nov. 8.
EW published a full-page preview of North and Davis’ story, which includes a reference to the original Garfield comic strip from 1978:
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