Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, June 19, 1960.
The spectacular Sunday page above provides an aerial view of Camp Swampy and the surrounding countryside as well as a colorful description of the “permanent disaster area.” It also features a full-cast line up in the drop panel.
Camp Swampy was inspired by Camp Crowder in Missouri, an antique relic from WWI where Mort Walker trained in 1941.
Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, August 14, 1960.
Beetle has had a number of different girlfriends over the years. In college he went out with Buzz, who is seen with him in the strip below at the popular hangout, The Shack, which was based on a real snack bar on the campus of the University of Missouri, Mort Walker’s alma mater (click here to see previous post).
Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, March 20, 1960
In the episode above, Beetle and his buddies are contemplating clever names for the new decade. Most of the gang is here, including Cosmo, Killer, Zero and Sarge, as well as a few generic G.I.s.
The only one of these suggestions that proved to be prophetic was “The Swinging Sixties,” but that term didn’t come into common use until the middle of the decade when “Swinging London” became the center for fashion and rock music.