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.

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.

Timeline – 1963 Part 1

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, February 10, 1963.

This episode features a cussing contest between Sgt. Webbing and Sgt. Snorkel. It escalates to an extreme level of what Mort Walker has termed “maladicta.”

“Even in today’s permissive society many four letter words are not permissible in the comics,” Mort wrote in his 1980 book, The Lexicon of Comicana. “Even though profanity may be used in other sections of the paper, people feel that, since children read cartoons, the comic section should be inviolate.”