Timeline – 2000 Part 2

Beetle Bailey Sunday page digital proof, March 19, 2000.

In a recent post we chronicled how Miss Buxley evolved from the object of General Halftrack’s leering in the 1970s to a more fully rounded character in the 1980s.  She became more that just a blonde bombshell.  She was sweet and smart and loved animals.  She even got the last laugh in a few strips. In the 1990s she also developed a friendship with Beetle
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Timeline – 1999 Part 4

Beetle Bailey Sunday page digital proof, October 3, 1999.

Many cartoon characters have signature catch phrases.  Bugs Bunny says “What’s up doc?  Popeye mumbles “Blow me down.”  Charlie Brown moans “Good grief.”  Cathy yells AACK!”

General Halftrack frequently asks, “Now what?” at the end of an episode.  This reflects his total cluelessness.  Although he is in charge of Camp Swampy, he is always the last one to know what’s going on.
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Timeline – 1998 Part 4

Beetle Bailey Sunday page digital proof, September 13, 1998.

In the Sunday page above, General Halftrack decides to go outside and select a volunteer for a dangerous mission.  For some mysterious reason, the camp is deserted.

Camp Swampy was inspired by Camp Crowder in Missouri, an antique relic from WWI where Mort Walker trained in 1941.  There are no army bases that look like this any more.
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