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Timeline – 1960 Part 4

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, June 19, 1960.

The spectacular Sunday page above provides an aerial view of Camp Swampy and the surrounding countryside as well as a colorful description of the “permanent disaster area.” It also features a full-cast line up in the drop panel.

Camp Swampy was inspired by Camp Crowder in Missouri, an antique relic from WWI where Mort Walker trained in 1941.
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Timeline – 1960 Part 3

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, October 16, 1960.

Beetle Bailey doesn’t get political very often, but a comic strip about the U.S. military inevitably manages to make statements about current events.

The early 1960s in America was a time of both optimistic faith in human progress and anxious tension about international relations. There was a new president in the White House, the Cold War was in deep freeze and television dominated popular culture.
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