Timeline – 2006 Part 2

Beetle Bailey Sunday page digital proof, June 18, 2006.

Mickey Mouse, Garfield, Dilbert, Trixie from Hi and Lois, Hagar, Dagwood from Blondie and Jeremy from Zits are the “gag masks” in the Sunday page above.

Cartoonists love to sneak other characters into their strips

In 1961, Mort Walker and Jerry Dumas launched Sam’s Strip. The premise of this offbeat creation was that Sam, with the help of his cartoonist assistant, ran and operated the comic strip they inhabited.  Mort and Jerry took the inside joke to a new level, playing with the basic elements of the cartoon form, experimenting with different art styles, and featuring characters from other strips.

Timeline – 2005 Part 5

Beetle Bailey Sunday page digital proof, June 26, 2005.

This episode involves another of Lt. Fuzz’s pet peeves, eating in the office.  When Sarge is banished outside he encounters Rocky, one of the last characters in the strip who still smokes.

Mort Walker picked up the cigarette habit in the Army during the war.  It took him eight months to quit in the mid-1960s.  Around this time he did a story in Hi and Lois in which Hi was trying to give up.  Here is a link to that sequence: http://hiandlois.com/2014/01/04/new-years-resolutions/

Timeline – 2005 Part 2

Beetle Bailey Sunday page digital proof, April 3, 2005.

In strips like the one above, Mort Walker shared his homespun philosophy and political beliefs with readers.

“The comic strip is one of the few mediums that allow one person to express his philosophy, his anger, his joy and his disappointment in mankind without restriction,” he wrote in his 2000 autobiography.  “It is one of the purest forms of art and expression that exists.”