Timeline – 2005 Part 4

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Beetle Bailey Sunday page digital proof, August 28, 2005.

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.

In the Sunday page above, it is Beetle who utters the General’s famous catch phrase.  “Now what?” is often the final punch line in a visual gag when there is really nothing more to say.  The lead up shows how that situation came to pass.
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Timeline – 2005 Part 3

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Beetle Bailey Sunday page digital proof, June 19, 2005.

There are certain situations in comic strips that are worth repeating.  Lucy pulling the football away from Charlie Brown at the last minute in Peanuts.  The dotted lines of Billy’s wanderings around the neighborhood in The Family Circus.  Dagwood running into the mailman in Blondie.
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Timeline – 2005 Part 2

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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.”
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