Sarge Dreams #8

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, January 22, 1967.

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, January 22, 1967.

One of the most popular television programs of the 1960s was Bonanza. It lasted 14 seasons from 1959 to 1973 and remains the longest running western in the history of the NBC network.

The stars of the show were the four Cartwrights, who lived on the Ponderosa ranch near Virginia City in Nevada around 1860. The thrice-widowed patriarch Ben Cartwright (Lorne Greene) rode herd on his three sons – each from a different mother – Adam (Pernell Roberts), Hoss (Dan Blocker) and Joe (Michael Landon). It was a family drama in a western setting.
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Sarge Dreams #7

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

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

The first time Snoopy appeared as the World War I Flying Ace in the Peanuts comic strip was October 10, 1965 (see below).

Peanuts Sunday page, October 10, 1965.

Peanuts Sunday page, October 10, 1965.

Snoopy uttered the immortal line, “Curse you Red Baron!” on January 23, 1966. The debut television appearance of the Flying Ace was in It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown broadcast on October 27, 1966. One month later, the Beetle Bailey Sunday page above was published. The hit song, “Snoopy vs. the Red Baron” by the Royal Guardsmen, was released on December 10, 1966.
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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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