Friends Forever

Beetle and Sarge by Mort Walker. Limited Edition Comic Art print, Harry N. Abrams, 1978.

Beetle and Sarge by Mort Walker. Limited edition comic art print, Harry N. Abrams, 1978.

In 1978, Harry N. Abrams collaborated with the Newspaper Comics Council to produce a series of limited edition comic art prints by twenty of America’s top cartoonists. Each artist created a unique illustration that featured their most well-known characters.
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Santa and Sarge

Beetle Bailey Sunday page, December 19, 1999.

Beetle Bailey Sunday page, December 19, 1999.

Many comic strips focus on holiday themes throughout the month of December with episodes about shopping, decorating, feasting on food, sending cards and exchanging gifts. At Camp Swampy, life goes on as usual, with the solidiers engaging in the typical activities they do throughout the year. A nod to the holiday usually only appears on Christmas Day.
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Fuzz, Chaplain, Rocky

Here are three other characters who made their debut in the 1950s and are still regulars in the strip today.

Beetle Bailey daily strip, March 27, 1956.

Beetle Bailey daily strip, March 27, 1956.

Mort Walker explained the creation of Lt. Sonny Fuzz in the Best of Beetle Bailey: “It is a humorous situation to have a young, eager, newly-minted lieutenant arrive and start bossing around the old grizzled incumbent first sergeant. I was twenty-one when I did it and I know who won…the sergeant!”
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