Timeline – 1999 Part 1

Beetle Bailey Sunday page digital proof, March 7, 1999.

No one really knows when Sarge’s birthday is.  Or how old he is.   There are ten candles on the cake in the Sunday page above, so that is no clue to his age.  In comic strips it’s best not to be too specific about these things.  Better to be flexible so a gag like this can be used whenever it is written.
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Timeline – 1997 Part 4

Beetle Bailey Sunday page digital proof, November 23, 1997.

I love classic cartoon animation. One of my favorite golden age directors is Chuck Jones, who is the genius behind such classics as What’s Opera Doc?, One Froggy Evening and the Roadrunner/Coyote series. His most wildly inventive film is Duck Amuck from 1953.

Throughout the seven minute short, Daffy Duck is tormented by an unseen adversary.  The background in the beginning changes from a castle to a farm.  Daffy puts on farmer’s clothing and the setting is suddenly a winter scene. He dons a skier’s outfit and finds himself in Hawaii.  Eventually he’s alone on a blank screen.
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Timeline – 1997 Part 3

Beetle Bailey Sunday page digital proof, November 16, 1997.

In the nighttime scene above, all the characters are shown in silhouette.  It is easy to recognize Killer, Sarge, Plato and General Halftrack just by their outlines.

In The Lexicon of Comicana, Mort Walker explained that body shapes or “morfs” should be designed distinctively so the characters can be identified in silhouette.  He showed some examples.Among the characters in the graphic above are Mickey Mouse, Sarge, Krazy Kat, Snuffy Smith, Popeye, Buster Brown, Annie, Jiggs, Beetle, Boner, Little King, Nancy, Smoky Stover, Andy Capp, Dagwood, Dick Tracy, Happy Hooligan, Ferdinand, Tiger, Hagar, Batman and Charlie Brown.  Can you identify some of the ones I missed?
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