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Timeline – 2000 Part 2

Beetle Bailey Sunday page digital proof, March 19, 2000.

In a recent post we chronicled how Miss Buxley evolved from the object of General Halftrack’s leering in the 1970s to a more fully rounded character in the 1980s.  She became more that just a blonde bombshell.  She was sweet and smart and loved animals.  She even got the last laugh in a few strips. In the 1990s she also developed a friendship with Beetle
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Timeline – 1997 Part 3

Beetle Bailey Sunday page digital proof, November 16, 1997.

In the nighttime scene above, all the characters are shown in silhouette.  It is easy to recognize Killer, Sarge, Plato and General Halftrack just by their outlines.

In The Lexicon of Comicana, Mort Walker explained that body shapes or “morfs” should be designed distinctively so the characters can be identified in silhouette.  He showed some examples.Among the characters in the graphic above are Mickey Mouse, Sarge, Krazy Kat, Snuffy Smith, Popeye, Buster Brown, Annie, Jiggs, Beetle, Boner, Little King, Nancy, Smoky Stover, Andy Capp, Dagwood, Dick Tracy, Happy Hooligan, Ferdinand, Tiger, Hagar, Batman and Charlie Brown.  Can you identify some of the ones I missed?
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Timeline – 1974 Part 3

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, October 13, 1974.

Ever wonder what might occur in Beetle Bailey either before or after the current time frame? So do we. It’s exciting to travel back to the past or forward to the future. This can be accomplished quite easily in a comic strip just by using a little imagination. Cartoon time has its own rules so scenarios like this can be whatever we want them to be.
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