Timeline – 1969 Part 2

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, June 22, 1969.

One of the questions cartoonists are most frequently asked is, “Where do you get your ideas.” In his 1975 autobiography, Backstage at the Strips, Mort Walker attempted to respond to his readers’ curiosity about the creative process.

“Over the years I’ve devised many ways of developing gags,” he wrote. “The obvious way is simply sketching funny pictures and putting words around them.”

Timeline – 1969 Part 1

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, January 12, 1969.

The Women’s Army Corps, the women’s branch of the U.S. Army, was established in 1942 as an auxiliary unit and upgraded to full status in 1943. Female G.I.s were often called “WACs” and performed a variety of duties. In 1978, the Women’s Army Corps was phased out when female units were integrated with the male units. Women were not allowed to serve in combat situations until 1994.

Timeline – 1968 Part 4

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, June 30, 1968.

In this episode, General Halftrack becomes increasingly exasperated with Zero’s cluelessness. Mort Walker once described Zero as “an innocent young farm boy as sweet, honest and unsophisticated as an ear of corn.”

The ways in which Zero misinterprets orders or misunderstands common phrases are innumerable.