Posted by: Mary
Date: Sept. 3, 2004
I think 'Simba' was a popular name for a horse in the wild western days. In a Sunday Garfield comic strip Garfield is riding Odie (his code name is Simba) dressed as a cowboy onto the table where Jon is eating dinner.
Forget what happens next but eventually Garfield wins over Jon's dinner and then Odie approaches Garfield with a pickax in his mouth.
To which Garfield replies "A pickax wont be necessary, Simba"
The strip would later come to life in a Garfield Quickie on "Garfield and Friends".