Timeline – 1996 Part 3

Beetle Bailey Sunday page digital proof, September 15, 1996.

The episode above features Beetle’s parents who are rarely seen in the strip.  When they do appear, they are often shown reading a letter that Beetle sends home from Camp Swampy.  Here that formula is reversed.  Beetle’s life gives his father a long-distance headache.
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The First Furlough – Part 2

Here are the next three episodes in the 1952 furlough story.

Beetle Bailey daily strips, March 17 to 19, 1952.

Beetle Bailey daily strips, March 17 to 19, 1952.

Beetle’s family, Mom, Pop and Chigger Bailey each had their own strip in this sequence. His mother is trying to get him to clean up his room, similar to the way his sister Lois would nag his nephew Chip in the comic strip that would make its debut two years later. His father, “Gurney,” was a World War I veteran, which would have made him over fifty years old in 1952. His younger brother Chigger assumes that Beetle’s life in the army is much more adventurous than it really is.
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