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Timeline – 1996 Part 1

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, January 7, 1996.

For the past sixteen months, beginning on January 20, 2017 and continuing until April 28, 2018, we featured here on our web site 64 outstanding color Sunday pages from 1960 to 1975 in our Timeline series. King Features stopped sending color proofs to their artists in 1975 and for the next 20 years we received prints in black-and-white.  Beginning in 1996, King started producing color Sunday pages in a digital format.  We have decided to continue our Timeline series from that point onward.
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Timeline – 1975 Part 3

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, December 7, 1975.

The Sunday page above shows Beetle day dreaming about advancing through the ranks to eventually become a candidate for President.  In the end, he realizes the inevitable punishment he faces for not paying attention to Sarge’s lecture.

The character of Beetle Bailey was modeled after Mort Walker’s old high school and army buddy, Dave Hornaday, who was tall, skinny and always getting into trouble in an innocent way.
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Timeline – 1974 Part 4

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, December 1, 1974.

The evolution of Sarge’s dog Otto has been well documented in previous posts.

To see his first appearance in Beetle Bailey go to:

http://beetlebailey.com/2016/01/22/otto-part-one/

An early strip where he wears a uniform is shown here:

http://beetlebailey.com/2016/01/30/otto-part-two/

A Sunday page from 1959 starring Otto is featured here:
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