Here are three other characters who made their debut in the 1950s and are still regulars in the strip today.
Beetle Bailey daily strip, March 27, 1956.
Mort Walker explained the creation of Lt. Sonny Fuzz in the Best of Beetle Bailey: “It is a humorous situation to have a young, eager, newly-minted lieutenant arrive and start bossing around the old grizzled incumbent first sergeant. I was twenty-one when I did it and I know who won…the sergeant!”
As a leader General Halftrack couldn’t lead a cub scout to a candy store, but he is one of Mort Walker’s favorite characters.
Beetle Bailey daily strip, May 5, 1955.
“In the beginning I put a lot of my own feelings and experiences into the Beetle character,” Mort remembered in The Best of Beetle Bailey. “As time wore on I discovered I was relating more to the General and now I’m coming up with a lot more gags about him as a result.”
Every army barracks and college dorm has a guy like Killer. He spends all his waking hours thinking of girls and, if he’s lucky, every sleeping hour next to one.
Beetle Bailey daily strip, September 3, 1953.
One of the most popular cartoon series during World War II featured a character known as “The Wolf.” He had a normal body with the head of a wolf and his ears wiggled when he got within range of an attractive female.