Timeline – 1965 Part 4

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, October 31, 1965.

Sylvan Byck, the comics editor of King Features Syndicate, once told Mort Walker, “Have your character get hit over the head at least once a week.” Mort has never forgotten these words of wisdom. He regularly puts his characters in physical peril by pummeling them with custard pies, meatballs, swift kicks and flying fists. Beetle frequently finds himself shattered in pieces on the ground and Sarge is always falling off precipitous cliffs. Fortunately, none of the characters ever gets permanently injured as they inevitably manage to bounce back for another day of punishment.
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Sarge Dreams #3

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

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

The third in the series of Beetle Bailey Sunday pages from the mid-1960s that featured dream sequences was inspired by the Batman live-action-television series that ran on ABC from January 12, 1966 to March 14, 1968. The series starred Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward as Robin. They fought against colorful villains like the Joker (Cesar Romero), the Penguin (Burgess Meredith), the Riddler (Frank Gorshin) and Catwoman (Julie Newmar). They drove around Gotham City in a Batmobile and utilized a wide variety of crime-fighting gadgets. The campy humor, upbeat music and colorful pop-art graphics were a hit with audiences and 120 episodes were produced during the three-year run of the show.
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Friends Forever

Beetle and Sarge by Mort Walker. Limited Edition Comic Art print, Harry N. Abrams, 1978.

Beetle and Sarge by Mort Walker. Limited edition comic art print, Harry N. Abrams, 1978.

In 1978, Harry N. Abrams collaborated with the Newspaper Comics Council to produce a series of limited edition comic art prints by twenty of America’s top cartoonists. Each artist created a unique illustration that featured their most well-known characters.
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