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Sarge Dreams #15

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, October 3, 1971.

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, October 3, 1971.

The Story of Little Black Sambo was written and illustrated by Scottish author Helen Bannerman and first published in 1899. The plot revolves around a young boy who gives away his possessions to four tigers so they won’t eat him. This children’s book was a classic for many years but in 1932 poet Langston Hughes criticized the “pickaninny” images in the book and many libraries stopped circulating copies. Defenders pointed out that Sambo was the hero of the story and presented a positive role model for kids. In more recent years, Little Golden Books published a new version, The Boy and the Tigers, with illustrations by Valeria Petrone. Little Sambo was renamed Little Rajani.
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Sarge Dreams #13

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, September 10, 1967.

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, September 10, 1967.

After watching a golf tournament on television, Sarge fantasizes that he is Fats Snorklaus, a professional golfer. His competitors are Balmer (Beetle as Arnold Palmer), Playboy (Killer as Garry Player) and Gasper (Plato as Billy Casper). On the final hole, Sarge/Fats pulverizes the ball and doesn’t finish getting all the pieces in the hole until after dark.
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Sarge Dreams #12

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, July 9, 1967.

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, July 9, 1967.

This patriotic episode ran shortly after Independence Day in 1967. Sarge falls asleep after reading a biography of George Washington and dreams he is one of the founding fathers trying to come up with a name for the new republic.
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