Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, June 23, 1963.
This Sunday page stars Beetle’s best buddy, Killer Diller. In a previous installment, we documented the early evolution of this girl-crazy G.I. Here’s the link to that post: http://beetlebailey.com/2015/12/04/killer-diller/
Mort Walker has always enjoyed drawing pretty girls. In the first year of the strip, when Beetle was still in college, he created a roommate for his girlfriend Buzz who was quite glamorous.
Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, February 10, 1963.
This episode features a cussing contest between Sgt. Webbing and Sgt. Snorkel. It escalates to an extreme level of what Mort Walker has termed “maladicta.”
“Even in today’s permissive society many four letter words are not permissible in the comics,” Mort wrote in his 1980 book, The Lexicon of Comicana. “Even though profanity may be used in other sections of the paper, people feel that, since children read cartoons, the comic section should be inviolate.”
Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, June 10, 1962.
This is a classic Beetle Bailey Sunday page. Why? There are a number of reasons.
It uses a minimum of dialogue, which is not easy to do. It has action scenes as Sarge is shown running through a forest, swimming above a waterfall, swinging on a rope over a chasm, inching his way along a narrow mountain ledge and finally climbing to the top of a mountain. The view in panel #8 is spectacular, particularly with the colorful sky in the background.