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Timeline – 1999 Part 2

Beetle Bailey Sunday page digital proof, July 4, 1999.

Miss Buxley was introduced in the strip in 1971 as General Halftrack’s secretary.  Having a pretty girl in the office got the old man’s motor running.  She was the object of his overactive imagination.

Readers liked her at first but eventually the criticism mounted.  Mort was accused of sexism and was put on the defensive.
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Timeline – 1998 Part 4

Beetle Bailey Sunday page digital proof, September 13, 1998.

In the Sunday page above, General Halftrack decides to go outside and select a volunteer for a dangerous mission.  For some mysterious reason, the camp is deserted.

Camp Swampy was inspired by Camp Crowder in Missouri, an antique relic from WWI where Mort Walker trained in 1941.  There are no army bases that look like this any more.
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Timeline – 1998 Part 3

Beetle Bailey Sunday page digital proof, July 26, 1998.

Sarge, with his boisterous and exuberant personality, is the kind of guy who gets vocal in the shower.  But what would he sing?

We have done gags that have him belting out patriotic songs and marching tunes.  I thought it might funny for him to rhapsodize about one of his favorite foods.
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