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.
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.