Death of Garfield?

On October 23, 1989, Jim Davis began a Garfield storyline that are some of the most depressing, existential, moody strips I've ever read. Garfield wakes up one morning to find that he is totally alone and that his home has long since been abandoned. It's not funny. (Link to more background in the Garfield page on Wikipedia.) Here are those strips, supported by the Twilight Singers' dark and lovely tune "Bonnie Brae." From the comic:
Garfield After years of taking life for granted, Garfield is shaken by a horrifying vision of the inevitable process called ‘time.’ He has only one weapon...denial...
Link (via Summer's Kiss)

UPDATE: Several readers point out that the same strips can be viewed in color at the official Garfield Web site. Link

UPDATE: Sean Savage writes, "Jim Davis clearly took the idea from one of my favorite cartoons, an obscure and magnificent Italian short from 1977 called 'Feline Fantasies.'" Link