Sarge Dreams #7

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Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, November 27, 1966.

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, November 27, 1966.

The first time Snoopy appeared as the World War I Flying Ace in the Peanuts comic strip was October 10, 1965 (see below).

Peanuts Sunday page, October 10, 1965.

Peanuts Sunday page, October 10, 1965.

Snoopy uttered the immortal line, “Curse you Red Baron!” on January 23, 1966. The debut television appearance of the Flying Ace was in It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown broadcast on October 27, 1966. One month later, the Beetle Bailey Sunday page above was published. The hit song, “Snoopy vs. the Red Baron” by the Royal Guardsmen, was released on December 10, 1966.
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Sarge Dreams #6

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Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, October 23, 1966

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, October 23, 1966

Sarge has a pizza-induced comic strip fantasy in this episode. Among the familiar faces from the funny papers are Little Orphan Annie (Sarge) and her dog Sandy (Zero), Li’l Abner (Killer), Mickey Mouse (Rocky), Charlie Brown (Lt. Fuzz), Popeye (Beetle) and Batman (General Halftrack). The visual mash-up of these characters is hilarious.
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Sarge Dreams #5

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Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, August 28, 1966.

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, August 28, 1966.

In the fantasy episode above, Sarge sees himself as super spy “James Bomb.” Similar to other installments in this series, Sarge is set off by overeating pizza in the opening scene and wakes up at the end by the sound of his own burp. Note that the sexy Sixties girl in the middle row of panels looks just like Miss Buxley, who did not make her official debut as a regular character in the strip until November 17, 1971.
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