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General Amos T. Halftrack

 

HalftrackHead2As a leader General Halftrack couldn’t lead a cub scout to a candy store, but he is one of Mort Walker’s favorite characters.

Beetle Bailey daily strip, May 5, 1955.

Beetle Bailey daily strip, May 5, 1955.

“In the beginning I put a lot of my own feelings and experiences into the Beetle character,” Mort remembered in The Best of Beetle Bailey. “As time wore on I discovered I was relating more to the General and now I’m coming up with a lot more gags about him as a result.”
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Killer Diller

KillerHeadEvery army barracks and college dorm has a guy like Killer. He spends all his waking hours thinking of girls and, if he’s lucky, every sleeping hour next to one.

Beetle Bailey daily strip, September 3, 1953.

Beetle Bailey daily strip, September 3, 1953.

One of the most popular cartoon series during World War II featured a character known as “The Wolf.” He had a normal body with the head of a wolf and his ears wiggled when he got within range of an attractive female.
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Zero

Zero Head

Everyone knows someone like Zero who is not quite with it. His name is a clue to his IQ. Zero may be dense and uninformed, but he is not totally hopeless as a soldier. He always tries his best.

Beetle Bailey daily strip, September 23, 1953.

Beetle Bailey daily strip, September 23, 1953.

We get letters occasionally that accuse us of making fun of mentally challenged people. This, of course, is not our intention. Zero wouldn’t be in the army if he were unqualified.
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