Timeline – 1964 Part 1

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, January 19, 1964.

Chaplain Staneglass became a regular character in Beetle Bailey during the late 1950s and still appears today. Mort Walker created him because he felt the men at Camp Swampy needed some moral guidance. His struggles and failures to make them behave properly is a good source for humor.

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.

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.