Timeline – 2002 Part 1

Beetle Bailey Sunday page digital proof, June 16, 2002.

General Halftrack’s wife is named Martha. She has been a regular character in the strip for six decades.  As the “keeper of complaints” she never forgets a slight.

Here is one of her earliest appearances.

Beetle Bailey daily strip, December 1, 1961.


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Timeline – 1962 Part 2

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, March 4, 1962.

“What if women ran the Army,” is the question of the day in this fanciful page. General Halftrack’s musings on the subject are contained within “cumulus dream balloons” in panels #5 through #9.

Although the male creators of the strip were probably trying to pay tribute to the nurturing qualities of the fairer sex, this gag would definitely be considered sexist by today’s standards. It was a few years before the modern women’s movement began to change minds about the roles they could and should play in society. The jokes are more reflective of the 1950s when men expected the gals to know their place.
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