Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, October 16, 1960.
Beetle Bailey doesn’t get political very often, but a comic strip about the U.S. military inevitably manages to make statements about current events.
The early 1960s in America was a time of both optimistic faith in human progress and anxious tension about international relations. There was a new president in the White House, the Cold War was in deep freeze and television dominated popular culture.
After almost two weeks, it’s time for Beetle and Sarge to say goodbye to Mr. and Mrs. Bailey and head back to Camp Swampy.
Sarge has enjoyed himself so much that he is already looking forward to the next visit.
It doesn’t take long for Sarge to get back in character after he returns to Camp.We hope you have enjoyed this story from our archives.
Beetle Bailey Sunday page, December 21, 2003.
In the Sunday page episode above, from the 2003 furlough sequence, Sarge explains to Beetle’s father some of Otto’s unique attributes.
The story continues with the two daily strips below, as Sarge takes full advantage of Mrs. Bailey’s home cooking.
On Christmas Eve, Beetle’s Mom tries to get Sarge to have more patience and understanding for her baby boy.The Christmas Day strip features the full-cast, including Beetle’s sister Lois and the rest of the Flagston family.