Beetle Enlists – Part 4

Although the Korean War was raging, Beetle did not end up in combat after he joined the army. The main theme of the strip remained relatively the same. Beetle was just as lazy and carefree as he was during his college days and a similar cast of military friends replaced his fraternity buddies. In the new environment in which Beetle now found himself, Mort Walker could use the experiences from his own four years in the army. He also had pages of sketches and drawings, plus a diary describing everyday military life.

Beetle Enlists – Part 3

In March of 1951 Beetle Bailey found himself in the military. He had enlisted reluctantly. After being dragged into a recruiting office by his buddies, he signed the papers and was in the army for the long haul.

In Beetle’s first week in the army, he got a physical exam, took some tests and was given a uniform.1951.3.19-211951.3.22-24Was Beetle going to be shipped off to the war in Korea? Stay tooned.

Beetle Enlists – Part 2

King Features Syndicate was initially opposed to the idea of Beetle Bailey joining the army, but one of their most important clients, a Philadelphia newspaper, thought it was worth trying. King Features listened, and gave in.

Here is the week from March 1951 in which Beetle enlisted.1951.3.12-141951.3.15-17

“Later I learned from my syndicate that they would have rejected the Beetle Bailey strip if, at the beginning, it had been about soldiers, and not about college life,” Mort Walker revealed.