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Sarge Dreams #10

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, April 16, 1967.

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, April 16, 1967.

In the first chapter of Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer (1876), Aunt Polly punishes Tom for skipping school by making him whitewash a fence.

In the second chapter, “Tom appeared on the sidewalk with a bucket of whitewash and a long-handled brush. He surveyed the fence, and all gladness left him and a deep melancholy settled down upon his spirit. Thirty yards of board fence nine feet high. Life to him seemed hollow, and existence but a burden.”
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Sarge Dreams #6

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, October 23, 1966

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, October 23, 1966

Sarge has a pizza-induced comic strip fantasy in this episode. Among the familiar faces from the funny papers are Little Orphan Annie (Sarge) and her dog Sandy (Zero), Li’l Abner (Killer), Mickey Mouse (Rocky), Charlie Brown (Lt. Fuzz), Popeye (Beetle) and Batman (General Halftrack). The visual mash-up of these characters is hilarious.
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Sarge Dreams #1

Beetle Bailey Sunday page, February 9, 1964.

Beetle Bailey Sunday page, February 9, 1964.

In 1964, Mort Walker and Jerry Dumas came up with a new character dimension for Sergeant Snorkel. Readers were now able to share his vivid dreams and fantasies.

In the Sunday page above he transforms into “Sarge!” a superhero with abilities far beyond the powers of mortal men. In the end, it turns out Sarge is just having a dream triggered by the comic books and pizza he consumed before going to sleep.
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