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The First Week

After King Features accepted Mort Walker’s college strip, starring Spider, and re-named it Beetle Bailey, they discussed a suitable launch date. The syndicate initially proposed October 16, 1950, and the first weekly batch of six strips needed to be chosen, in collaboration with Mort. The promotional campaign for the new strip was prepared, which included a presentation brochure in color, a selection of strips on paper proofs and a press release.
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Beetle Begins

Mort Walker was working as a magazine cartoonist in New York when John Bailey, the cartoon editor of the Saturday Evening Post, encouraged him to do some cartoons based on his college experiences at the University of Missouri. One character, a goof-off with a hat over his eyes named “Spider,” emerged from these efforts.Spider
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Comics Kingdom

Tomorrow, Monday December 2, King Features will be launching a new web site, ComicsKingdom.com.  At this all-new, free comics destination, readers will be able to access all of the syndicate’s features, including daily and Sunday episodes of our two strips, Beetle Bailey and Hi and Lois.

For a small annual subscription fee, they can also enjoy expanded offerings at Comics Kingdom Royal, including the ability to design a custom comics page, receive daily email updates, save favorite artwork in a scrapbook and view vintage comic strips.  Current subscribers to DailyINK will be able to use the premium service at no extra cost.  Be sure to check it out when it goes live.
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