The First Furlough – Part 2

Here are the next three episodes in the 1952 furlough story.

Beetle Bailey daily strips, March 17 to 19, 1952.

Beetle Bailey daily strips, March 17 to 19, 1952.

Beetle’s family, Mom, Pop and Chigger Bailey each had their own strip in this sequence. His mother is trying to get him to clean up his room, similar to the way his sister Lois would nag his nephew Chip in the comic strip that would make its debut two years later. His father, “Gurney,” was a World War I veteran, which would have made him over fifty years old in 1952. His younger brother Chigger assumes that Beetle’s life in the army is much more adventurous than it really is.
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On Campus

The early Beetle Bailey strips were set at Rockview University, which closely resembled Mort Walker’s alma mater, the University of Missouri. Here is an aerial view of the quad at Rockview from a strip dated November 7, 1950.
Rockview
The University of Missouri campus looks like this today.
Missouri-Campus
The Columns at Francis Quadrangle are all that remain from a fire that destroyed the original Academic Hall on Jan. 9, 1892.

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