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Officers’ School

Beetle Bailey daily strip, June 19, 1952.

Beetle Bailey daily strip, June 19, 1952.

Some of Mort Walker’s best ideas come from personal experience, as in the strip above. When Mort first joined the Army he saw a bulletin announcing that there were ten openings for Officers’ School. “I asked permission to take the test,” Mort recounted. “My sergeant thought it was humorous that a mere private should have such lofty ambitions. When his laughter subsided he gave me permission. Four hundred applicants showed up for the test. I took one look and recognized a test I had taken before. I breezed through it and was on the train for O.C.S. that night.”
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The Fifties

Beetle Bailey daily strip, November 25, 1953.

Beetle Bailey daily strip, November 25, 1953.

Mort Walker, in the anthology collection, The Best of Beetle Bailey, published in 1984, talked about the first decade of his creation. “My comic strip is much different today than it was thirty years ago. Back then people had more time and editors gave you more room. I used to draw more big scenes, more detail and more dialogue.”
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