Timeline – 1960 Part 2

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, August 14, 1960.

Beetle has had a number of different girlfriends over the years.  In college he went out with Buzz, who is seen with him in the strip below at the popular hangout, The Shack, which was based on a real snack bar on the campus of the University of Missouri, Mort Walker’s alma mater (click here to see previous post).

Timeline – 1960 Part 1

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, March 20, 1960

In the episode above, Beetle and his buddies are contemplating clever names for the new decade. Most of the gang is here, including Cosmo, Killer, Zero and Sarge, as well as a few generic G.I.s.

The only one of these suggestions that proved to be prophetic was “The Swinging Sixties,” but that term didn’t come into common use until the middle of the decade when “Swinging London” became the center for fashion and rock music.

Beetle Spoof

Fetal Bailey by Stan Drake, 1961.

Mort Walker served as the president of The National Cartoonists Society from 1959 to 1960. During this time, he also edited the organization’s newsletter, The Cartoonist. He asked some of his cartoonist friends in Connecticut to contribute material to the publication and they came up with a series of spoofs showing famous features drawn by other artists.