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Sarge Dreams #16

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, April 9, 1972.

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, April 9, 1972.

We are coming to the end of the “Sarge Dreams” series. This later entry revisits the original gag formula of a pizza-induced fantasy.

The “fat watchers” coming to the rescue in panel #7 is a reference to Weight Watchers, an organization that was founded in 1963 and marketed products and services to people who were trying to shed pounds. It continues to operate in about thirty countries around the world.
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Sarge Dreams #15

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, October 3, 1971.

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, October 3, 1971.

The Story of Little Black Sambo was written and illustrated by Scottish author Helen Bannerman and first published in 1899. The plot revolves around a young boy who gives away his possessions to four tigers so they won’t eat him. This children’s book was a classic for many years but in 1932 poet Langston Hughes criticized the “pickaninny” images in the book and many libraries stopped circulating copies. Defenders pointed out that Sambo was the hero of the story and presented a positive role model for kids. In more recent years, Little Golden Books published a new version, The Boy and the Tigers, with illustrations by Valeria Petrone. Little Sambo was renamed Little Rajani.
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Sarge Dreams #14

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, February 8, 1970.

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, February 8, 1970.

The first Super Bowl was played between the Green Bay Packers and the Kansas City Chiefs at the Los Angeles Coliseum on January 15, 1967. The National Football League champion Packers beat the American Football League champion Chiefs 35 to 10. Green Bay Packer quarterback Bart Starr, who completed 16 of 23 passes for 250 yards, was named the most valuable player.
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