Timeline – 1997 Part 2

Beetle Bailey Sunday page digital proof, November 9, 1997.

The Sunday page above features an event that doesn’t really happen every year.  The “Annual Cussing Contest” was created just to set up this gag.  Sergeant Bluster is also not a regular character in the strip.

Sarge is famous for his colorful language, most of which can’t be printed in a family newspaper.  We have to use special symbols to represent his swear words.
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Timeline – 1996 Part 4

Beetle Bailey Sunday page digital proof, November 3, 1996.

Between 1964 and 1974, a series of seventeen Sunday pages featured Sarge’s fantastic dreams.  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 such hilarious scenarios.
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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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