Timeline – 1999 Part 2

Beetle Bailey Sunday page digital proof, July 4, 1999.

Miss Buxley was introduced in the strip in 1971 as General Halftrack’s secretary.  Having a pretty girl in the office got the old man’s motor running.  She was the object of his overactive imagination.

Readers liked her at first but eventually the criticism mounted.  Mort was accused of sexism and was put on the defensive.
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Timeline – 1999 Part 1

Beetle Bailey Sunday page digital proof, March 7, 1999.

No one really knows when Sarge’s birthday is.  Or how old he is.   There are ten candles on the cake in the Sunday page above, so that is no clue to his age.  In comic strips it’s best not to be too specific about these things.  Better to be flexible so a gag like this can be used whenever it is written.
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Timeline – 1998 Part 4

Beetle Bailey Sunday page digital proof, September 13, 1998.

In the Sunday page above, General Halftrack decides to go outside and select a volunteer for a dangerous mission.  For some mysterious reason, the camp is deserted.

Camp Swampy was inspired by Camp Crowder in Missouri, an antique relic from WWI where Mort Walker trained in 1941.  There are no army bases that look like this any more.
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