Timeline – 2005 Part 3

Beetle Bailey Sunday page digital proof, June 19, 2005.

There are certain situations in comic strips that are worth repeating.  Lucy pulling the football away from Charlie Brown at the last minute in Peanuts.  The dotted lines of Billy’s wanderings around the neighborhood in The Family Circus.  Dagwood running into the mailman in Blondie.
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Timeline – 2003 Part 4

Beetle Bailey Sunday page digital proof, November 2, 2003.

Syndicated cartoonists are under contract to create fresh ideas 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  They aren’t supposed to reuse material.  But occasionally they slip up.

One morning Dik Browne woke up out of a deep sleep to the ringing of his phone. Bill Yates, the comics editor of King Features Syndicate, was calling.  Bill said that a subscribing newspaper had discovered that Dik had repeated a gag in Hagar the Horrible, word for word.  The reporter wanted a comment on the mistake and Bill wondered if Dik had an answer.  Dik apologetically explained, “As we go through this life we learn that there are three things that tend to repeat themselves…history, sauerkraut and old cartoonists.”
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