Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, June 10, 1962.
This is a classic Beetle Bailey Sunday page. Why? There are a number of reasons.
It uses a minimum of dialogue, which is not easy to do. It has action scenes as Sarge is shown running through a forest, swimming above a waterfall, swinging on a rope over a chasm, inching his way along a narrow mountain ledge and finally climbing to the top of a mountain. The view in panel #8 is spectacular, particularly with the colorful sky in the background.
Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, March 18, 1962.
This is a unique episode since night scenes are rarely depicted in Beetle Bailey. Graphically, it is a well-designed page. The lighting of the campfire in panel #4 helps establish the atmosphere. The silhouettes in panel #6 create an effective transition. And the moon and the dark sky in the final panoramic panel help to deliver a dramatic conclusion.
Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, March 4, 1962.
“What if women ran the Army,” is the question of the day in this fanciful page. General Halftrack’s musings on the subject are contained within “cumulus dream balloons” in panels #5 through #9.
Although the male creators of the strip were probably trying to pay tribute to the nurturing qualities of the fairer sex, this gag would definitely be considered sexist by today’s standards. It was a few years before the modern women’s movement began to change minds about the roles they could and should play in society. The jokes are more reflective of the 1950s when men expected the gals to know their place.