Here are the next three episodes in the 1952 furlough story.
Beetle Bailey daily strips, March 17 to 19, 1952.
Beetle’s family, Mom, Pop and Chigger Bailey each had their own strip in this sequence. His mother is trying to get him to clean up his room, similar to the way his sister Lois would nag his nephew Chip in the comic strip that would make its debut two years later. His father, “Gurney,” was a World War I veteran, which would have made him over fifty years old in 1952. His younger brother Chigger assumes that Beetle’s life in the army is much more adventurous than it really is.
In March 1952, Beetle went home on furlough to visit his family. Here is the first in strip in the sequence.
Beetle Bailey daily strip, March 12, 1952.
This story lasted for two and a half weeks. We will showcase all of the episodes in the following two posts. Here are the next three strips in the story.
It took a while for Mort Walker to decide how many teeth Sarge would have and where they would be located in his mouth. In the months after his debut on March 30, 1951, Sarge had two teeth in his upper jaw. This is what he looked like on December 13, 1951.Thirteen days later, Sarge had two teeth in his lower jaw.Over the course of the next few months, Sarge’s teeth moved around in his mouth. In this strip from February 1952, Sarge has one lower tooth in the first two panels and two upper teeth in the last panel.Finally, by April 1952, Mort settled on a consistent look. Sarge has had a single tooth in his lower jaw ever since.In this strip from 1953, Sarge goes to the dentist for a checkup. By this time, readers knew that Sarge had only one tooth in his mouth.Stay tooned for more on the early history of Beetle Bailey.