Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, June 10, 1962.
This is a classic Beetle Bailey Sunday page. Why? There are a number of reasons.
It uses a minimum of dialogue, which is not easy to do. It has action scenes as Sarge is shown running through a forest, swimming above a waterfall, swinging on a rope over a chasm, inching his way along a narrow mountain ledge and finally climbing to the top of a mountain. The view in panel #8 is spectacular, particularly with the colorful sky in the background.
Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, March 18, 1962.
This is a unique episode since night scenes are rarely depicted in Beetle Bailey. Graphically, it is a well-designed page. The lighting of the campfire in panel #4 helps establish the atmosphere. The silhouettes in panel #6 create an effective transition. And the moon and the dark sky in the final panoramic panel help to deliver a dramatic conclusion.
Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, January 28, 1962.
In the early 1960s, Sarge was being featured in more Beetle Bailey gags than any other character. Although Beetle was still the star of the strip, Sarge had become the most reliable supporting player.
In this classic Sunday page, Sarge’s appearance has changed dramatically after he returns from a two week furlough at the “Fats-Off Ranch.” Sarge discovers that the new image has diminshed his commanding presence with the men.