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Military Intelligence?

Beetle Bailey Sunday page, color proof, November 8, 1953.

Beetle Bailey Sunday page, color proof, November 8, 1953.

Beetle Bailey, by its very nature, is a commentary on the military establishment, a playful satire of bureaucracy and the system. The early Sunday page above is a classic example of the type of humor that annoyed the army brass and led to the ban in Stars and Stripes in 1954 (see previous post).
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Beetle is Banned!

Ban

On January 7, 1954, the Far East edition of the GI newspaper, Stars and Stripes, dropped Beetle Bailey. “Probably the best favor the army did for me since discharging me, was banning me from Stars and Stripes,” Mort Walker claimed in an interview. “It became a tempest in a teapot and the ensuing publicity rocketed Beetle’s circulation another hundred papers overnight.”
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Early Characters – Part 2

It takes a while for a comic strip character to fully develop. Like a new friend, readers need to get to know him. The character’s shape has to be worked out so it is recognizable from all angles, even in silhouette. The creator has to decide what the character can or can’t do to keep him consistent. He slowly grows before the readers’ eyes until one day, BINGO!
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