The Night Thread Celebrates an Important Anniversary (5/30)

Thirty years ago, on May 30, 1990, the newspaper comics industry changed forever. In one three-panel comic, a passionate debate was created that rocked the comics community for decades. Did Jon Arbuckle drink dog semen on the comics page? 

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Based on the dialogue, there’s nothing else that could have possibly happened, but Jim Davis, in a clear attempt to avoid alienating the “parents who let their kids read old Garfield strips and also keep up with obscure inside jokes about bad newspaper comics” demographic, has a different explanation.

“On the farm, we used to give first-calf heifers a high protein supplement to help them deliver healthier calves. The supplement was provided by our vet… I assumed that there would be a similar supplement for dogs. So Jon is drinking a protein-enriched drink formulated for a pregnant dog. There you have it!”

Okay, Jim, if you say so. But I still want to believe. The truth is out there.