Timeline – 1965 Part 1

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, January 10, 1965.

Soon after Beetle Bailey joined the Army in 1951, he encountered a tough-as-nails drill sergeant named Orville P. Snorkel. He had a nasty snarl with sharp fangs. His sole personality trait was meaness.

Over the years, the creators of the strip have added other aspects to Sarge’s character. He has a voracious appetite. He gets sentimental about Camp Swampy. He spoils his dog Otto. He takes Beetle out for a beer. The army is his life and the soldiers are his family

Timeline – 1964 Part 4

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, November 29, 1964.

U.S. military advisors first arrived in French Indochina in 1950 and by the early 1960s, involvement in the conflict between North and South Vietnam was on the rise. After an American destroyer battled a North Vietnamese ship in the Gulf of Tonkin in 1964, President Johnson was authorized to commit more troops. The war in Vietnam reached a peak in 1968 when the Viet Cong launched the Tet Offensive. By 1969, there were 549,000 U.S. soldiers stationed in Southeast Asia. Opposition to the war on the home front finally led to the end of American involvement on August 15, 1973.

Timeline – 1964 Part 3

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, April 26, 1964.

Sports have always been a rich source of humor in Beetle Bailey. General Halftrack is an avid golfer. Sarge likes to bowl. Beetle and Sarge get in some lively games of ping pong. Team sports have also been spoofed.

This is my all-time favorite baseball gag. Jerry Dumas was a devoted fan of the game, so it was, presumably, written by him.