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The First Week

After King Features accepted Mort Walker’s college strip, starring Spider, and re-named it Beetle Bailey, they discussed a suitable launch date. The syndicate initially proposed October 16, 1950, and the first weekly batch of six strips needed to be chosen, in collaboration with Mort. The promotional campaign for the new strip was prepared, which included a presentation brochure in color, a selection of strips on paper proofs and a press release.
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Beetle Begins

Mort Walker was working as a magazine cartoonist in New York when John Bailey, the cartoon editor of the Saturday Evening Post, encouraged him to do some cartoons based on his college experiences at the University of Missouri. One character, a goof-off with a hat over his eyes named “Spider,” emerged from these efforts.Spider
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Hello

A bunch of us are out here in Stamford, Connecticut today learning how to post interesting stuff here for you to read. Hopefully, we’ll be updating this with news and tidbits about Beetle, Sarge and the gang on a regular basis. Unfortunately, Beetle is off sleeping somewhere and Sarge is having lunch so they’re not here.
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