Timeline – 1965 Part 4

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, October 31, 1965.

Sylvan Byck, the comics editor of King Features Syndicate, once told Mort Walker, “Have your character get hit over the head at least once a week.” Mort has never forgotten these words of wisdom. He regularly puts his characters in physical peril by pummeling them with custard pies, meatballs, swift kicks and flying fists. Beetle frequently finds himself shattered in pieces on the ground and Sarge is always falling off precipitous cliffs. Fortunately, none of the characters ever gets permanently injured as they inevitably manage to bounce back for another day of punishment.

Timeline – 1965 Part 1

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, January 10, 1965.

Soon after Beetle Bailey joined the Army in 1951, he encountered a tough-as-nails drill sergeant named Orville P. Snorkel. He had a nasty snarl with sharp fangs. His sole personality trait was meaness.

Over the years, the creators of the strip have added other aspects to Sarge’s character. He has a voracious appetite. He gets sentimental about Camp Swampy. He spoils his dog Otto. He takes Beetle out for a beer. The army is his life and the soldiers are his family