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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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Timeline – 1964 Part 2

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, March 15, 1964.

Beetle’s complaint in this classic Sunday page from 1964 is the central theme of the strip. “There is nothing in the world lower than a private in the army,” he says in the fifth panel. Millions of readers identify with Beetle as the quintessential low man on the totem pole. Everyone has a job to do, a role to play, and has to be subservient to authority in some form. Even General Halftrack, who is a one-star general, has officers above him he has to answer to.
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