August 7th, 1978
Jim Davis used the name Lyman for an insect character in his first comic strip, Gnorm Gnat.
Lyman entered the strip as Jon’s roommate and Odie’s owner. Lyman’s primary function was to give Jon someone to talk to, a role that was gradually assumed by Garfield. He reappeared briefly for Garfield’s tenth anniversary strip; Lyman’s last regular appearance was in 1983.
In “Long Lost Lyman,” an episode of The Garfield Show, it’s revealed that Lyman became a wildlife photographer.