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Timeline – 1970 Part 1

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, May 24, 1970.

In the 1984 book The Best of Beetle Bailey, Mort Walker explained one of the major themes in the strip.

Beetle Bailey has been studied by sociologists for the way authority is represented. Americans feel that authority should be questioned, not blindly followed, and people in authority in this country accept this resistance as an inalienable right. In Europe and many Asian countries, the class system and regal sovereignty are so deeply ingrained many citizens never question an order. In Italy there is a soldier comic strip where the private always ends up in jail for things that Beetle does routinely. Beetle and Sarge play the game, Sarge doing his job imposing authority and Beetle doing his resisting it.”
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Timeline – 1969 Part 4

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, December 28, 1969.

On January 22, 2016, we started a four-part series documenting the evolution of Otto.

This is a link to the first post: http://beetlebailey.com/2016/01/22/otto-part-one/

Click on “Next” in the upper right corner to see the following three posts.

In the beginning, Sarge’s dog walked on all fours and communicated with woofs, barks and growls.
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Timeline – 1969 Part 3

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, August 17, 1969.

As the saying goes, “If you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen.” The episode above shows how Cookie solved that problem

In the 1986 book, The Best of Beetle Bailey, Mort Walker wrote, “Cookie is a summation of so many army chefs I was victimized by. They were a bunch of slobs whose main talent was making you lose your appetite.”
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