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.”

Timeline – 1971 Part 4

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, May 30, 1971.

Although it is not currently baseball season, this gag is adaptable to any team sport. Sarge could just as easily be giving a pep talk to the football team.

This Sunday page was inspired by the famous “win one for the Gipper” speech. George Gipp was an all-American halfback, quarterback and kicker for Notre Dame from 1917 to 1920. He died of a throat infection days after leading his team to a victory over Northwestern in his senior season.

Timeline – 1964 Part 4

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, November 29, 1964.

U.S. military advisors first arrived in French Indochina in 1950 and by the early 1960s, involvement in the conflict between North and South Vietnam was on the rise. After an American destroyer battled a North Vietnamese ship in the Gulf of Tonkin in 1964, President Johnson was authorized to commit more troops. The war in Vietnam reached a peak in 1968 when the Viet Cong launched the Tet Offensive. By 1969, there were 549,000 U.S. soldiers stationed in Southeast Asia. Opposition to the war on the home front finally led to the end of American involvement on August 15, 1973.