Timeline – 2000 Part 1

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Beetle Bailey Sunday page digital proof, February 20, 2000.

The answers to the puzzle in the middle panels above are:

  1. Otto’s tail
  2. Sarge’s shoe
  3. Extra hair on left side of Sarge’s head
  4. Otto’s tooth
  5. Flat tire on the jeep
  6. Sarge’s belt loop

These puzzles have been around for a long time.  See if you can spot six differences in this vintage pair of drawings:
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Timeline – 1999 Part 4

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Beetle Bailey Sunday page digital proof, October 3, 1999.

Many cartoon characters have signature catch phrases.  Bugs Bunny says “What’s up doc?  Popeye mumbles “Blow me down.”  Charlie Brown moans “Good grief.”  Cathy yells AACK!”

General Halftrack frequently asks, “Now what?” at the end of an episode.  This reflects his total cluelessness.  Although he is in charge of Camp Swampy, he is always the last one to know what’s going on.
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Timeline – 1999 Part 3

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Beetle Bailey Sunday page digital proof, July 25, 1999.

This episode features many of the terms that Mort Walker documented in his 1980 book, The Lexcion of Comicana.  Here is the cover, showing some of the same devices that appear in the middle panel.

In the early 1930s, a humorist named Charles Rice attached labels to certain cartoon phenomena.  He called sweat drops “plewds” and the dust clouds behind a running person “briffits.”  This inspired Mort to do some further research and in 1964 he produced an article for the National Cartoonists Society magazine titled, “Let’s Get Down to Grawlixes.”  It was a tongue in cheek spoof of the plethora of “comicana” found in most comic strips.
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