Beetle Bailey Sunday page, April 21, 1974.
This baseball fantasy was almost certainly conceived by Jerry Dumas. Born in Detroit in 1930, Jerry was a lifelong Tigers fan and a devoted student of the game. He was hired by Mort Walker in 1956 and worked on Beetle Bailey for over sixty years. Jerry passed away on November 12, 2016 after a valiant battle with cancer.
Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, October 3, 1971.
The Story of Little Black Sambo was written and illustrated by Scottish author Helen Bannerman and first published in 1899. The plot revolves around a young boy who gives away his possessions to four tigers so they won’t eat him. This children’s book was a classic for many years but in 1932 poet Langston Hughes criticized the “pickaninny” images in the book and many libraries stopped circulating copies. Defenders pointed out that Sambo was the hero of the story and presented a positive role model for kids. In more recent years, Little Golden Books published a new version, The Boy and the Tigers, with illustrations by Valeria Petrone. Little Sambo was renamed Little Rajani.
Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, September 10, 1967.
After watching a golf tournament on television, Sarge fantasizes that he is Fats Snorklaus, a professional golfer. His competitors are Balmer (Beetle as Arnold Palmer), Playboy (Killer as Garry Player) and Gasper (Plato as Billy Casper). On the final hole, Sarge/Fats pulverizes the ball and doesn’t finish getting all the pieces in the hole until after dark.