Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, April 7, 1957.
When this classic Sunday page was published in 1957, Beetle Bailey had been in the Army for six years, not three years as he claimed in the second panel. It would not be the last time he contemplated quitting the service.
Beetle Bailey Sunday page, color proof, June 20, 1954.
Mort Walker was drafted in 1943 and spent almost four years in the army. “I had no thoughts or ambitions at that time to do an army comic strip, but I was constantly sketching and trying to capture the humor that was so prevalent in military life,” he explained years later.
Beetle Bailey Sunday page, color proof, February 7, 1954.
During the mid-1940s, Mort Walker was the editor and cartoonist for his college humor magazine, The Showme, at the University of Missouri. This unique Sunday page from 1954, with The Camp Gazette in production, was inspired by his experiences working on his campus publication.