Timeline – 2002 Part 2

Beetle Bailey Sunday page digital proof, March 24, 2002.

When the Sunday page above was published, the Army was in the process of closing military camps around the country. After the Cold War ended, Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) was a congressionally authorized program in which the federal government began consolidating and reorganizing its operations to improve the efficiency of the Department of Defense.  In five rounds, beginning in 1988 and continuing in 1991, 1993, 1995 and 2005, 350 installations were shut down.
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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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