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Sarge Dreams #18

Beetle Bailey Sunday page, black-and-white proof, February 9, 1992.

Beetle Bailey Sunday page, black-and-white proof, February 9, 1992.

Over the course of the last four decades, Sarge continued to have nighttime fantasies, often induced by overeating, but by the early 1970s, these episodes became less regular. Mort felt that he had milked this formula for every idea he could think of. With a strip that has been around as long as Beetle Bailey – 66 years and counting – there is always the opportunity to revisit classic themes.
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Sarge Dreams #16

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, April 9, 1972.

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, April 9, 1972.

We are coming to the end of the “Sarge Dreams” series. This later entry revisits the original gag formula of a pizza-induced fantasy.

The “fat watchers” coming to the rescue in panel #7 is a reference to Weight Watchers, an organization that was founded in 1963 and marketed products and services to people who were trying to shed pounds. It continues to operate in about thirty countries around the world.
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Sarge Dreams #10

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, April 16, 1967.

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, April 16, 1967.

In the first chapter of Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer (1876), Aunt Polly punishes Tom for skipping school by making him whitewash a fence.

In the second chapter, “Tom appeared on the sidewalk with a bucket of whitewash and a long-handled brush. He surveyed the fence, and all gladness left him and a deep melancholy settled down upon his spirit. Thirty yards of board fence nine feet high. Life to him seemed hollow, and existence but a burden.”
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