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Beetle Bailey Sales – 1957

Beetle Bailey Sales Brochure Cover, 1957.

Beetle Bailey Sales Brochure cover, 1957.

When the King Features sales brochure, shown above, was mailed out in 1957, Beetle Bailey had 600 newspaper clients.

In 1984, Mort Walker looked back on these early days. “A cartoonist once told me to work very hard for the first year or so until you get your strip off the ground, then you can relax, hire someone to do it for you, and have a life of ease. That cartoonist soon lost his strip and never got another one.”
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Beetle Bailey Sales – July 1956

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The King Features sales brochure, shown above, was mailed out in July 1956 and marked a new milestone for Beetle Bailey. The syndicate boldly predicted that, “At his present rate of 20 papers a month, Beetle will zoom past the 1000 paper mark in about two years.” Mort Walker’s strip would not pass that number until 1965.
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Memphis

 

IMG_0339The National Cartoonists Society’s Reuben Awards were held this weekend in Memphis, Tennessee. NCS President Bill Morrison asked cartoonists to do a special Memphis-themed drawing to be used as a centerpiece for each table at the awards dinner. The original art for these has been and will be auctioned off to benefit the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. In addition, the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau donated $10,000 to the NCS for the rights to use these cartoons on their web site and in brochures to promote the city.
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