Timeline – 1998 Part 2

Beetle Bailey Sunday page digital proof, July 19, 1998.

It was a big fad back in the late 1990s. Beanie Babies were plush animals filled with plastic pellets.  The nine original characters introduced by Ty Inc. in 1993 were Legs the Frog, Squealer the Pig, Spot the Dog, Flash the Orca, Splash the Whale, Chocolate the Moose, Patti the Platypus, Brownie the Bear and Pinchers the Lobster.They didn’t sell well at first, but Ty released each generation in limited quantities that were retired before the next generation came out. In 1996, tags were added that identified their date of birth with a four-line poem about the character.
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Hand Puppets

Sarge, Beetle and Zero hand puppets made by Gund in the early 1960s.

Sarge, Beetle and Zero hand puppets made by Gund in the early 1960s.

The Beetle Bailey hand puppets, shown above, were made by the Gund Manufacturing Company in the early 1960s. A set of these in good condition sold at Hakes Americana and Collectibles for $126.50 on May 31, 2007.
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Beetle Bailey Board Game

BB Game

One of the first Beetle Bailey merchandising products, other than comic books, was a game made by the Jaymar Specialty Company of New York in the mid-1950s (there is no specific date on the box or the board). All of the artwork for this game was drawn by Mort Walker.

The game board, shown below, features some hilarious action scenes, particularly ones with Killer chasing girls. All of the characters in the cast at that time were included.GameBoardComp1b
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