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Timeline – 1997 Part 3

Beetle Bailey Sunday page digital proof, November 16, 1997.

In the nighttime scene above, all the characters are shown in silhouette.  It is easy to recognize Killer, Sarge, Plato and General Halftrack just by their outlines.

In The Lexicon of Comicana, Mort Walker explained that body shapes or “morfs” should be designed distinctively so the characters can be identified in silhouette.  He showed some examples.Among the characters in the graphic above are Mickey Mouse, Sarge, Krazy Kat, Snuffy Smith, Popeye, Buster Brown, Annie, Jiggs, Beetle, Boner, Little King, Nancy, Smoky Stover, Andy Capp, Dagwood, Dick Tracy, Happy Hooligan, Ferdinand, Tiger, Hagar, Batman and Charlie Brown.  Can you identify some of the ones I missed?
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Timeline – 1996 Part 4

Beetle Bailey Sunday page digital proof, November 3, 1996.

Between 1964 and 1974, a series of seventeen Sunday pages featured Sarge’s fantastic dreams.  Most of these episodes involved Sarge falling asleep after eating too much pizza and having fantasies about being a superhero, playing professional sports, traveling back in time or other such hilarious scenarios.
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Timeline – 1996 Part 2

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, May 19, 1996.

Miss Buxley was first introduced in the strip on November 17, 1971 as a temporary replacement for Miss Blips.

Beetle Bailey daily strip, November 17, 1971.

Since then, the two secretaries have become close friends and co-conspirators in General Halftrack’s office.  They have very different personalities, but both frequently complain about their boss.  Blips, who is not quite as attractive as Miss Buxley, likes to hear about her romantic adventures.  She also complains that she does more than her share of the work.
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