Yup, 35 years ago today, June 19, 1978, was the first Garfield comic strip. He was WAAAY fatter in those days, actually. [link]
(Sorry it's not bigger, I couldn't find a larger version.)
I've had a special sentimental attachment to Paws Inc. since 2005. We had to do a "famous Hoosier" project since I live in Indiana, and I chose Jim Davis. What's more is that I only live an hour from Paws Inc!
Garfield (c) Jim Davis, Paws Inc.