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Timeline – 1963 Part 4

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, September 15, 1963.

In this episode, Beetle decides to ask for a discharge from the Army and Sarge tries to talk him out of it. Sarge recounts all of the good times Beetle has had since he enlisted. Of course, military life means a lot more to Sarge and he ends up signing up for another ten years. Beetle must have changed his mind, because the next day he was back at Camp Swampy.
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Timeline – 1963 Part 3

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, August 11, 1963.

A situation that has recurred in the strip over the years is when Beetle writes letters home to his parents. In the Sunday page above, he works hard to make his situation at Camp Swampy sound more important than it actually is. Beetle is the quintessential low-man on the totem pole, so these descriptions of his daily duties do not correspond to reality. Although he does not do it in this episode, Beetle often asks his folks for money.
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Timeline – 1963 Part 2

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, June 23, 1963.

This Sunday page stars Beetle’s best buddy, Killer Diller. In a previous installment, we documented the early evolution of this girl-crazy G.I. Here’s the link to that post: http://beetlebailey.com/2015/12/04/killer-diller/

Mort Walker has always enjoyed drawing pretty girls. In the first year of the strip, when Beetle was still in college, he created a roommate for his girlfriend Buzz who was quite glamorous.
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