Timeline – 1964 Part 3

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Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, April 26, 1964.

Sports have always been a rich source of humor in Beetle Bailey. General Halftrack is an avid golfer. Sarge likes to bowl. Beetle and Sarge get in some lively games of ping pong. Team sports have also been spoofed.

This is my all-time favorite baseball gag. Jerry Dumas was a devoted fan of the game, so it was, presumably, written by him.
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Timeline – 1964 Part 2

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Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, March 15, 1964.

Beetle’s complaint in this classic Sunday page from 1964 is the central theme of the strip. “There is nothing in the world lower than a private in the army,” he says in the fifth panel. Millions of readers identify with Beetle as the quintessential low man on the totem pole. Everyone has a job to do, a role to play, and has to be subservient to authority in some form. Even General Halftrack, who is a one-star general, has officers above him he has to answer to.
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Timeline – 1964 Part 1

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Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, January 19, 1964.

Chaplain Staneglass became a regular character in Beetle Bailey during the late 1950s and still appears today. Mort Walker created him because he felt the men at Camp Swampy needed some moral guidance. His struggles and failures to make them behave properly is a good source for humor.
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