Timeline – 1969 Part 1

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Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, January 12, 1969.

The Women’s Army Corps, the women’s branch of the U.S. Army, was established in 1942 as an auxiliary unit and upgraded to full status in 1943. Female G.I.s were often called “WACs” and performed a variety of duties. In 1978, the Women’s Army Corps was phased out when female units were integrated with the male units. Women were not allowed to serve in combat situations until 1994.
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Timeline – 1968 Part 4

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Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, June 30, 1968.

In this episode, General Halftrack becomes increasingly exasperated with Zero’s cluelessness. Mort Walker once described Zero as “an innocent young farm boy as sweet, honest and unsophisticated as an ear of corn.”

The ways in which Zero misinterprets orders or misunderstands common phrases are innumerable.
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Timeline – 1968 Part 3

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Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, June 11, 1968.

Jerry Dumas began working as Mort Walker’s assistant in 1956. He described their daily routine at Mort’s home studio during the 1960s in a 2010 interview.

“Mort was always very easy to be with. It didn’t make any difference if I showed up at 9:30 or 10 or 10:15. He would always be there at 8:30 in the morning, quit promptly at 5 o’clock – business hours – and I was free to come and go more or less as I pleased, as long as the work got done and the work always got done.”
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