Timeline – 2005 Part 2

Beetle Bailey Sunday page digital proof, April 3, 2005.

In strips like the one above, Mort Walker shared his homespun philosophy and political beliefs with readers.

“The comic strip is one of the few mediums that allow one person to express his philosophy, his anger, his joy and his disappointment in mankind without restriction,” he wrote in his 2000 autobiography.  “It is one of the purest forms of art and expression that exists.”

Timeline – 2005 Part 1

Beetle Bailey Sunday page digital proof, March 6, 2005.

In 2012, Mort Walker wrote the following about this strip.

“In a recent Beetle Bailey Sunday page, all of the men at Camp Swampy were getting letters at mail call…except Sarge.  Beetle asked Sarge ‘Do you ever get any mail?’  Sarge replied, ‘No!  And what’s more, I don’t want any!’  ‘I’m happy without mail,’  he continued.  ‘I don’t need anything from anybody!’  In the final panel, Sarge was back in the barracks, sitting on his bunk with a little tear coming out of his eye.”

Timeline – 2004 Part 4

Beetle Bailey Sunday page digital proof, December 19, 2004

The Sunday page above provides a fanciful account of what life used to be like for Amos and Martha Halftrack when they were younger. The General is now apparently too old to have fun.  In the end they decide to spend another night at home watching reruns on TV and drinking health shakes.