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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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Sarge Dreams #3

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

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

The third in the series of Beetle Bailey Sunday pages from the mid-1960s that featured dream sequences was inspired by the Batman live-action-television series that ran on ABC from January 12, 1966 to March 14, 1968. The series starred Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward as Robin. They fought against colorful villains like the Joker (Cesar Romero), the Penguin (Burgess Meredith), the Riddler (Frank Gorshin) and Catwoman (Julie Newmar). They drove around Gotham City in a Batmobile and utilized a wide variety of crime-fighting gadgets. The campy humor, upbeat music and colorful pop-art graphics were a hit with audiences and 120 episodes were produced during the three-year run of the show.
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