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Officers’ School

Beetle Bailey daily strip, June 19, 1952.

Beetle Bailey daily strip, June 19, 1952.

Some of Mort Walker’s best ideas come from personal experience, as in the strip above. When Mort first joined the Army he saw a bulletin announcing that there were ten openings for Officers’ School. “I asked permission to take the test,” Mort recounted. “My sergeant thought it was humorous that a mere private should have such lofty ambitions. When his laughter subsided he gave me permission. Four hundred applicants showed up for the test. I took one look and recognized a test I had taken before. I breezed through it and was on the train for O.C.S. that night.”
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The Camp Cartoonist

Beetle Bailey Sunday page, color proof, February 7, 1954.

Beetle Bailey Sunday page, color proof, February 7, 1954.

During the mid-1940s, Mort Walker was the editor and cartoonist for his college humor magazine, The Showme, at the University of Missouri. This unique Sunday page from 1954, with The Camp Gazette in production, was inspired by his experiences working on his campus publication.
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