Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, July 9, 1967.
This patriotic episode ran shortly after Independence Day in 1967. Sarge falls asleep after reading a biography of George Washington and dreams he is one of the founding fathers trying to come up with a name for the new republic.
Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, June 4, 1967.
The film version of The Sound of Music, which was adapted from the 1959 Broadway musical composed by Richard Rodgers with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein, was released on March 2, 1965. Based on the memoir, The Story of the Trapp Family Singers, the movie starred Julie Andrews as a governess who is hired by a widowed naval officer, played by Christopher Plummer, to take care of his seven children. It was the highest grossing film of 1965 and by November 1966, became the highest grossing film of all time, a distinction it held for five years.
Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, April 16, 1967.
In the first chapter of Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer (1876), Aunt Polly punishes Tom for skipping school by making him whitewash a fence.
In the second chapter, “Tom appeared on the sidewalk with a bucket of whitewash and a long-handled brush. He surveyed the fence, and all gladness left him and a deep melancholy settled down upon his spirit. Thirty yards of board fence nine feet high. Life to him seemed hollow, and existence but a burden.”