Timeline – 2006 Part 2

Beetle Bailey Sunday page digital proof, June 18, 2006.

Mickey Mouse, Garfield, Dilbert, Trixie from Hi and Lois, Hagar, Dagwood from Blondie and Jeremy from Zits are the “gag masks” in the Sunday page above.

Cartoonists love to sneak other characters into their strips

In 1961, Mort Walker and Jerry Dumas launched Sam’s Strip. The premise of this offbeat creation was that Sam, with the help of his cartoonist assistant, ran and operated the comic strip they inhabited.  Mort and Jerry took the inside joke to a new level, playing with the basic elements of the cartoon form, experimenting with different art styles, and featuring characters from other strips.
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Sarge Dreams #6

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, October 23, 1966

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, October 23, 1966

Sarge has a pizza-induced comic strip fantasy in this episode. Among the familiar faces from the funny papers are Little Orphan Annie (Sarge) and her dog Sandy (Zero), Li’l Abner (Killer), Mickey Mouse (Rocky), Charlie Brown (Lt. Fuzz), Popeye (Beetle) and Batman (General Halftrack). The visual mash-up of these characters is hilarious.
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Hand Puppets

Sarge, Beetle and Zero hand puppets made by Gund in the early 1960s.

Sarge, Beetle and Zero hand puppets made by Gund in the early 1960s.

The Beetle Bailey hand puppets, shown above, were made by the Gund Manufacturing Company in the early 1960s. A set of these in good condition sold at Hakes Americana and Collectibles for $126.50 on May 31, 2007.
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