Timeline – 2005 Part 5

Beetle Bailey Sunday page digital proof, June 26, 2005.

This episode involves another of Lt. Fuzz’s pet peeves, eating in the office.  When Sarge is banished outside he encounters Rocky, one of the last characters in the strip who still smokes.

Mort Walker picked up the cigarette habit in the Army during the war.  It took him eight months to quit in the mid-1960s.  Around this time he did a story in Hi and Lois in which Hi was trying to give up.  Here is a link to that sequence: http://hiandlois.com/2014/01/04/new-years-resolutions/

Timeline – 2005 Part 1

Beetle Bailey Sunday page digital proof, March 6, 2005.

In 2012, Mort Walker wrote the following about this strip.

“In a recent Beetle Bailey Sunday page, all of the men at Camp Swampy were getting letters at mail call…except Sarge.  Beetle asked Sarge ‘Do you ever get any mail?’  Sarge replied, ‘No!  And what’s more, I don’t want any!’  ‘I’m happy without mail,’  he continued.  ‘I don’t need anything from anybody!’  In the final panel, Sarge was back in the barracks, sitting on his bunk with a little tear coming out of his eye.”

Timeline – 2003 Part 3

Beetle Bailey Sunday page digital proof, August 17, 2003.

This Sunday page is a spoof of the Marvel Comics character The Incredible Hulk.  The monster’s alter ego, the emotionally reserved physicist Dr. Robert Bruce Banner, was accidently exposed to radiation during a bomb experiment.  This causes him to transform into a bulky, green-skinned creature when he becomes emotionally stressed.  His level of strength is in direct proportion to the intensity of his anger.  He usually rips off his shirt when he goes through the change.