Timeline – 2005 Part 4

Beetle Bailey Sunday page digital proof, August 28, 2005.

General Halftrack frequently asks, “Now what?” at the end of an episode.  This reflects his total cluelessness.  Although he is in charge of Camp Swampy, he is always the last one to know what’s going on.

In the Sunday page above, it is Beetle who utters the General’s famous catch phrase.  “Now what?” is often the final punch line in a visual gag when there is really nothing more to say.  The lead up shows how that situation came to pass.

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.

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.