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Timeline – 1968 Part 4

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, June 30, 1968.

In this episode, General Halftrack becomes increasingly exasperated with Zero’s cluelessness. Mort Walker once described Zero as “an innocent young farm boy as sweet, honest and unsophisticated as an ear of corn.”

The ways in which Zero misinterprets orders or misunderstands common phrases are innumerable.
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Timeline – 1967 Part 1

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, May 7. 1967.

This Sunday page utilizes an old comic device – the exploding cigar. Often meant as a practical joke, these novelty items were usually harmless. A small quantity of explosive chemicals was placed in the tip, which ignited when the cigar was lit.
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Timeline – 1966 Part 2

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, May 8, 1966.

This page stars Julius, a character who was first introduced in the mid-1960s but is rarely seen today. Some readers had the misperception that he was gay. Although he has some effeminate personality traits, his sexual orientation has never been addressed in the strip.
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