Timeline – 1963 Part 4

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, September 15, 1963.

In this episode, Beetle decides to ask for a discharge from the Army and Sarge tries to talk him out of it. Sarge recounts all of the good times Beetle has had since he enlisted. Of course, military life means a lot more to Sarge and he ends up signing up for another ten years. Beetle must have changed his mind, because the next day he was back at Camp Swampy.

Timeline – 1962 Part 4

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.

Timeline – 1962 Part 3

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.