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Beetle Enlists – Part 1

In 1950, the war in Korea was heating up and many young men of Beetle’s age were called up for military service. After training they were flown to the war zone in Korea. It became apparent to Mort Walker that he couldn’t let Beetle remain in college so he suggested to King Features that Beetle enlist in the army.
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Spider

Mort Walker drew a college student with a hat in some of the cartoons that he sold to the Saturday Evening Post in the late 1940s.

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Saturday Evening Post cartoon by Mort Walker, circa 1948

The SAP editor, John Bailey, liked the character and suggested to Mort that he develop a regular feature for the kid. These are Mort’s first design sketches of “Spider” from 1949. The one at the top center was the one he chose to use.
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Reuben Awards 2015

Every year, on Memorial Day weekend, The National Cartoonists Society presents its highest award, “The Reuben” named after the organization’s founder Rube Goldberg, to the “Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year.”  Recent locations for the ceremony have been Boston, Las Vegas, Pittsburgh, San Diego and, this year, the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. “Silver Reuben” Division Award plaques were also presented to cartoonists in fifteen different genres. For a complete list of winners go to: http://www.reuben.org/2015/05/reuben-awards-winners-2015/
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