Timeline – 2003 Part 4

Beetle Bailey Sunday page digital proof, November 2, 2003.

Syndicated cartoonists are under contract to create fresh ideas 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  They aren’t supposed to reuse material.  But occasionally they slip up.

One morning Dik Browne woke up out of a deep sleep to the ringing of his phone. Bill Yates, the comics editor of King Features Syndicate, was calling.  Bill said that a subscribing newspaper had discovered that Dik had repeated a gag in Hagar the Horrible, word for word.  The reporter wanted a comment on the mistake and Bill wondered if Dik had an answer.  Dik apologetically explained, “As we go through this life we learn that there are three things that tend to repeat themselves…history, sauerkraut and old cartoonists.”

Timeline – 2003 Part 3

Beetle Bailey Sunday page digital proof, August 17, 2003.

This Sunday page is a spoof of the Marvel Comics character The Incredible Hulk.  The monster’s alter ego, the emotionally reserved physicist Dr. Robert Bruce Banner, was accidently exposed to radiation during a bomb experiment.  This causes him to transform into a bulky, green-skinned creature when he becomes emotionally stressed.  His level of strength is in direct proportion to the intensity of his anger.  He usually rips off his shirt when he goes through the change.

Timeline – 2003 Part 2

Beetle Bailey Sunday page digital proof, January 12, 2003.

The characters shown in silhouette in the Sunday page above are: Beetle and Lt. Flap (panels #2 and #3), Zero (panel #4), Rocky (panel #5), Plato (panel #6), Sarge (panel #7) and General Halftrack (panel #8).

This technique was discussed in a previous post.