INDIANAPOLIS -- Cartoonist Jim Davis has apologized for a Garfield strip (below) that some veterans may have found offensive.
The strip ran on Veterans Day in newspapers across the country, including the Standard- Examiner.
Davis, of Muncie, Ind., said in a statement posted on his website that he didn't know the strip would appear on Veterans Day.
He said it was written nearly a year ago and called the publication Thursday "the worst timing ever."
"It absolutely, positively has nothing to do with this important day of remembrance," Davis said.
John Raughter, a spokesman for the Indianapolis-based American Legion, looked at the strip and Davis' statement after the cartoon was brought to his attention by a reporter.
He said an apology wasn't necessary.
"We have no reason to doubt his explanation of what happened," Raughter said.
Davis said his brother served in Vietnam, and his son is a Marine who has served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
He said he is grateful for the service of veterans, and called any offense "unintentional and regrettable."