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Sarge Dreams #7

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, November 27, 1966.

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, November 27, 1966.

The first time Snoopy appeared as the World War I Flying Ace in the Peanuts comic strip was October 10, 1965 (see below).

Peanuts Sunday page, October 10, 1965.

Peanuts Sunday page, October 10, 1965.

Snoopy uttered the immortal line, “Curse you Red Baron!” on January 23, 1966. The debut television appearance of the Flying Ace was in It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown broadcast on October 27, 1966. One month later, the Beetle Bailey Sunday page above was published. The hit song, “Snoopy vs. the Red Baron” by the Royal Guardsmen, was released on December 10, 1966.
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Sarge Dreams #6

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, October 23, 1966

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, October 23, 1966

Sarge has a pizza-induced comic strip fantasy in this episode. Among the familiar faces from the funny papers are Little Orphan Annie (Sarge) and her dog Sandy (Zero), Li’l Abner (Killer), Mickey Mouse (Rocky), Charlie Brown (Lt. Fuzz), Popeye (Beetle) and Batman (General Halftrack). The visual mash-up of these characters is hilarious.
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Sarge Dreams #4

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, May 1, 1966.

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, May 1, 1966.

On February 7, 1964, when John, Paul, George and Ringo landed at New York’s John F. Kennedy airport, Beatlemania had officially invaded America. Two days later, the Beatles made their historic appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, performing live in front of an audience of screaming teenage girls and a record television audience of 73 million viewers.
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