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Sarge Dreams #6

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, October 23, 1966

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, October 23, 1966

Sarge has a pizza-induced comic strip fantasy in this episode. Among the familiar faces from the funny papers are Little Orphan Annie (Sarge) and her dog Sandy (Zero), Li’l Abner (Killer), Mickey Mouse (Rocky), Charlie Brown (Lt. Fuzz), Popeye (Beetle) and Batman (General Halftrack). The visual mash-up of these characters is hilarious.
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Sarge Dreams #5

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, August 28, 1966.

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, August 28, 1966.

In the fantasy episode above, Sarge sees himself as super spy “James Bomb.” Similar to other installments in this series, Sarge is set off by overeating pizza in the opening scene and wakes up at the end by the sound of his own burp. Note that the sexy Sixties girl in the middle row of panels looks just like Miss Buxley, who did not make her official debut as a regular character in the strip until November 17, 1971.
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Sarge Dreams #4

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, May 1, 1966.

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, May 1, 1966.

On February 7, 1964, when John, Paul, George and Ringo landed at New York’s John F. Kennedy airport, Beatlemania had officially invaded America. Two days later, the Beatles made their historic appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, performing live in front of an audience of screaming teenage girls and a record television audience of 73 million viewers.
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