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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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Sarge Dreams #8

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, January 22, 1967.

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, January 22, 1967.

One of the most popular television programs of the 1960s was Bonanza. It lasted 14 seasons from 1959 to 1973 and remains the longest running western in the history of the NBC network.

The stars of the show were the four Cartwrights, who lived on the Ponderosa ranch near Virginia City in Nevada around 1860. The thrice-widowed patriarch Ben Cartwright (Lorne Greene) rode herd on his three sons – each from a different mother – Adam (Pernell Roberts), Hoss (Dan Blocker) and Joe (Michael Landon). It was a family drama in a western setting.
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