Timeline – 1998 Part 2

Beetle Bailey Sunday page digital proof, July 19, 1998.

It was a big fad back in the late 1990s. Beanie Babies were plush animals filled with plastic pellets.  The nine original characters introduced by Ty Inc. in 1993 were Legs the Frog, Squealer the Pig, Spot the Dog, Flash the Orca, Splash the Whale, Chocolate the Moose, Patti the Platypus, Brownie the Bear and Pinchers the Lobster.They didn’t sell well at first, but Ty released each generation in limited quantities that were retired before the next generation came out. In 1996, tags were added that identified their date of birth with a four-line poem about the character.

Timeline – 1998 Part 1

Beetle Bailey Sunday page digital proof, February 8, 1998.

In this Sunday page, Miss Buxley is encouraging Beetle to apply to Officer’s school. He responds with a speech about the important role that privates have played throughout history.

Private is the lowest rank in the U.S. Army. There are two levels.  The PV1, sometimes know as a “recruit” wears no uniform rank insignia.  A PV2 has a single chevron.  Advancement to PV2 is usually automatic after six months of service. Even though Beetle has been in the army for over sixty years, he doesn’t have a chevron, so he’s probably a PV1.

Timeline – 1997 Part 4

Beetle Bailey Sunday page digital proof, November 23, 1997.

I love classic cartoon animation. One of my favorite golden age directors is Chuck Jones, who is the genius behind such classics as What’s Opera Doc?, One Froggy Evening and the Roadrunner/Coyote series. His most wildly inventive film is Duck Amuck from 1953.

Throughout the seven minute short, Daffy Duck is tormented by an unseen adversary.  The background in the beginning changes from a castle to a farm.  Daffy puts on farmer’s clothing and the setting is suddenly a winter scene. He dons a skier’s outfit and finds himself in Hawaii.  Eventually he’s alone on a blank screen.