Standard American issues
Those are easy to be distinguished by their characteristic markings:
- price in US Dollars (and in Canadian Dollars) visible in front page cover;
- rear cover marked as "Cover printed in the USA";
- information about Library of Congress Catalog Card Number printed on first page;
- additional Jim Davis artworks on second page;
- synopsis of the comics with example of strips in the rear cover.
First series of US issues have rectangular layout with shape of short and wide frame, housing black-and-white two daily comic strips or one Sunday Special per page, which was in later series replaced to standard book frame - three daily comic strips or one Sunday Special per page in full color.
British issues by Ravette Publishing
Unlike American originals, those books have standard frame of pocket books with one daily comics strip per page split in parts. They can be recognize after following traits:- symbol of Ravette Publishing ( double R) in bottom right corner of the front cover
- price in British Pounds (GBP) printed in rear cover in the bottom (3,99 GBP )
- second page has sketch of front cover illustration;
- rear cover has colorful image of Garfield standing and smiling (solid or hued, depends on year of publishing);
- only daily comics strips are displayed, since Sunday Specials were published separately;
- most of those issues have pre-order catalog of books in last pages with prices on GBP.
Those series are sometimes available abroad, mostly in Commonwealth and other countries, which had British presence in history.
Foreign comics book issues
Most of foreign Garfield comics books are either developed from original American issues or British issues released by Ravette Publishing. Layout depends on publisher, though there are some common traits:
- Polish issues from 1999-2005 period were translated British issues, which were later replaced by translated American issues (see gallery below). Some books from the first series of issue have publisher's (Egmont Polska) symbol in bottom left part of the corner. Those issues don't have price printed on cover - usually there is a sticker with price in the bottom part of rear cover;
- German issues are directly based on original American issues, for example here ; with price in German Marks (DM, till 2003) or Euros (since 2003)
- Croatian issues seem to be modified US issues with their own distinctive covers, they have written "Garfield Magazin" , number of the issue in upper part of front cover and price in local currency;
- Hungarian issues look close to British ones, except with added U.S. Acres comics British issues lack;
- Belgian and Dutch issues are also locally translated books by Ravette Publishing, with different cover illustrations.
- Australian issues are the American ones, minus the price in Canadian dollars.
- South African issues are the exact same as the American, even keeping the dollar and Canadian dollar signs.