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

Checking Out the Flash Gordon Exhibit at the Stamford Museum

Mort Walker attends the Flash Gordon Opening Gala at Stamford Museum

Beetle Bailey creator Mort Walker attended the Opening Night Gala for the “Flash Gordon and the Heroes of the Universe” exhibition that is currently showing at the Stamford Museum and Nature Center in Connecticut. Mort took the time to pen some of his thoughts on the Flash Gordon exhibition and legendary artist Alex Raymond: