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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 – 1975 Part 3

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, December 7, 1975.

The Sunday page above shows Beetle day dreaming about advancing through the ranks to eventually become a candidate for President.  In the end, he realizes the inevitable punishment he faces for not paying attention to Sarge’s lecture.

The character of Beetle Bailey was modeled after Mort Walker’s old high school and army buddy, Dave Hornaday, who was tall, skinny and always getting into trouble in an innocent way.
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Timeline – 1972 Part 3

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, August 27, 1972.

In 1967, Dr. Bonkus the camp psychiatrist, debuted in Beetle Bailey. He was short in stature with a bald head and an unruly moustache.

As Mort Walker explained in The Best of Beetle Bailey, “Every camp has a psychiatrist and no camp needs one more than Camp Swampy. Of course they got the psychiatrist they deserved, Dr. Bonkus, who could use a little help himself.”
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