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Santa and Sarge

Beetle Bailey Sunday page, December 19, 1999.

Beetle Bailey Sunday page, December 19, 1999.

Many comic strips focus on holiday themes throughout the month of December with episodes about shopping, decorating, feasting on food, sending cards and exchanging gifts. At Camp Swampy, life goes on as usual, with the solidiers engaging in the typical activities they do throughout the year. A nod to the holiday usually only appears on Christmas Day.
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Fuzz, Chaplain, Rocky

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.

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!”
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General Amos T. Halftrack

 

HalftrackHead2As 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.

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.”
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