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Sarge Dreams #17

Beetle Bailey Sunday page, April 21, 1974.

Beetle Bailey Sunday page, April 21, 1974.

This baseball fantasy was almost certainly conceived by Jerry Dumas. Born in Detroit in 1930, Jerry was a lifelong Tigers fan and a devoted student of the game. He was hired by Mort Walker in 1956 and worked on Beetle Bailey for over sixty years. Jerry passed away on November 12, 2016 after a valiant battle with cancer.
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Sarge Dreams #15

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, October 3, 1971.

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, October 3, 1971.

The Story of Little Black Sambo was written and illustrated by Scottish author Helen Bannerman and first published in 1899. The plot revolves around a young boy who gives away his possessions to four tigers so they won’t eat him. This children’s book was a classic for many years but in 1932 poet Langston Hughes criticized the “pickaninny” images in the book and many libraries stopped circulating copies. Defenders pointed out that Sambo was the hero of the story and presented a positive role model for kids. In more recent years, Little Golden Books published a new version, The Boy and the Tigers, with illustrations by Valeria Petrone. Little Sambo was renamed Little Rajani.
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Sarge Dreams #14

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, February 8, 1970.

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, February 8, 1970.

The first Super Bowl was played between the Green Bay Packers and the Kansas City Chiefs at the Los Angeles Coliseum on January 15, 1967. The National Football League champion Packers beat the American Football League champion Chiefs 35 to 10. Green Bay Packer quarterback Bart Starr, who completed 16 of 23 passes for 250 yards, was named the most valuable player.
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