Picks and Pans Review: Garfield, His 9 Lives

updated 11/26/1984 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/26/1984 AT 01:00 AM EST

by Jim Davis

Here is an inspired biography of America's most popular cat. Actually it's nine biographies, each written, drawn, inked and lettered differently so that the book is a survey of modern cartooning styles. Garfield's first life, as Cave Cat, for instance, begins with the furball primeval crawling out of the ooze along with the first chicken, the first real-estate salesman and George Burns. The drawing style is reminiscent of the Johnny Hart comic strip B.C. Life No. 3, "Babes & Bullets," is a quickie detective novel about feline Sam Spayed, whose clients, beautiful tabbies, naturally wonder whether he's neuter. The funniest life is No. 8, with Davis doing the just-plain-Garfield-the-wiseacre bit. (Ballantine Books, $8.95)

The leaves are raked, baseball is over and the NFL is really starting to get serious. Time to get down to the literary Xs and Os and review some football books, which Mark Giles and Ralph Novak do herewith

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