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 – 1969 Part 3

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, August 17, 1969.

As the saying goes, “If you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen.” The episode above shows how Cookie solved that problem

In the 1986 book, The Best of Beetle Bailey, Mort Walker wrote, “Cookie is a summation of so many army chefs I was victimized by. They were a bunch of slobs whose main talent was making you lose your appetite.”

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!