Timeline – 1974 Part 1

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, August 25, 1974.

In the Sunday page featured in last week’s post, Beetle was the camp cartoonist. This episode showcases the artistry of a different character in the cast.

The drawings were done purposely in a simplistic, childlike style to contrast with the clean line professional rendering in the rest of the strip.

Timeline – 1961 Part 4

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, October 8, 1961.

Lieutenant Sonny Fuzz is a young, ambitious, newly-minted officer who shares an office with Sergeant Orville Snorkel. This situation inevitably leads to conflict and provides a rich source for humor in the strip.

In the episode above, Fuzz is complaining that he does not receive the respect he feels his rank deserves. When he finds out that Sarge’s desk is bigger than his, these insecurities boil to the surface. He complains to Captain Scabbard who comes up with an idea that seems more like a quick fix than a permanent solution. Sarge is put in his place, but not for long.

Early Characters – Part 2

It takes a while for a comic strip character to fully develop. Like a new friend, readers need to get to know him. The character’s shape has to be worked out so it is recognizable from all angles, even in silhouette. The creator has to decide what the character can or can’t do to keep him consistent. He slowly grows before the readers’ eyes until one day, BINGO!