James Robert Davis (born July 28, 1945) is a U.S. cartoonist who created the comic strip Garfield which he signs as Jim Davis.
Other comics that he has worked on include Tumbleweeds, Gnorm Gnat, U.S. Acres (aka Orson's Farm) and a strip about Mr. Potato Head.
He has written (or in some cases co-written) all of the Emmy-award winning or -nominated Garfield TV specials and was also one of the producers behind the Garfield & Friends TV show which aired on CBS from 1988 to 1995. More recently, Davis is the writer and executive producer of a trilogy of C.G.-direct-to-video feature films about Garfield, as well as one of the executive producers and the creator for the new C.G.-animated TV series The Garfield Show.
Garfield quickly became a commercial success.
In 1981, less than three years after its release, the strip appeared in 850 newspapers and accumulated over $15 million in merchandise.
To manage the merchandise, Davis founded Paws, Inc. By 2002, Garfield became the world's most syndicated strip, appearing in 2,570 newspapers with 263 million readers worldwide;
By 2004, Garfield appeared in nearly 2,600 newspapers and sold from $750 million to $1 billion worth of merchandise in 111 countries.