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General Amos T. Halftrack

 

HalftrackHead2As a leader General Halftrack couldn’t lead a cub scout to a candy store, but he is one of Mort Walker’s favorite characters.

Beetle Bailey daily strip, May 5, 1955.

Beetle Bailey daily strip, May 5, 1955.

“In the beginning I put a lot of my own feelings and experiences into the Beetle character,” Mort remembered in The Best of Beetle Bailey. “As time wore on I discovered I was relating more to the General and now I’m coming up with a lot more gags about him as a result.”
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Killer Diller

KillerHeadEvery army barracks and college dorm has a guy like Killer. He spends all his waking hours thinking of girls and, if he’s lucky, every sleeping hour next to one.

Beetle Bailey daily strip, September 3, 1953.

Beetle Bailey daily strip, September 3, 1953.

One of the most popular cartoon series during World War II featured a character known as “The Wolf.” He had a normal body with the head of a wolf and his ears wiggled when he got within range of an attractive female.
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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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