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Timeline – 1970 Part 4

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, August 9, 1970.

From 1964 to 1974 Sergeant Snorkel had seventeen fantastic dreams that were featured in a series of Sunday pages. Most of these episodes involved Sarge falling asleep after eating too much pizza and having fantasies about being a superhero, playing professional sports, traveling back in time or other similar scenarios.
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Timeline – 1970 Part 1

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, May 24, 1970.

In the 1984 book The Best of Beetle Bailey, Mort Walker explained one of the major themes in the strip.

Beetle Bailey has been studied by sociologists for the way authority is represented. Americans feel that authority should be questioned, not blindly followed, and people in authority in this country accept this resistance as an inalienable right. In Europe and many Asian countries, the class system and regal sovereignty are so deeply ingrained many citizens never question an order. In Italy there is a soldier comic strip where the private always ends up in jail for things that Beetle does routinely. Beetle and Sarge play the game, Sarge doing his job imposing authority and Beetle doing his resisting it.”
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Timeline – 1969 Part 4

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, December 28, 1969.

On January 22, 2016, we started a four-part series documenting the evolution of Otto.

This is a link to the first post: http://beetlebailey.com/2016/01/22/otto-part-one/

Click on “Next” in the upper right corner to see the following three posts.

In the beginning, Sarge’s dog walked on all fours and communicated with woofs, barks and growls.
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