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Timeline – 1975 Part 3

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, December 7, 1975.

The Sunday page above shows Beetle day dreaming about advancing through the ranks to eventually become a candidate for President.  In the end, he realizes the inevitable punishment he faces for not paying attention to Sarge’s lecture.

The character of Beetle Bailey was modeled after Mort Walker’s old high school and army buddy, Dave Hornaday, who was tall, skinny and always getting into trouble in an innocent way.
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Timeline – 1975 Part 2

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, October 5, 1975.

A military cadence is a call-and response chant sung by soldiers while marching or running.  The rhythm of these chants keeps the soldiers moving in step as a unit and serves to promote teamwork and camaraderie.  Typically, one soldier initiates a line and the others either complete it or repeat it.  A drummer usually sets the beat.
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Timeline – 1970 Part 3

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, June 28, 1970.

In the Best of Beetle Bailey, Mort Walker remembered his time in the army. “Little did I know when I was drafted in 1942 that I was going to get almost four years of free research. I had no idea or ambition at that time to do an army comic strip but I was constantly sketching and trying to capture the humor that was so prevalent in army life.”
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