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Home for the Holidays 2003 – Part 1

Beetle took his first furlough home to visit his family in 1952. The introductory set of daily strips in this series can be seen at: http://beetlebailey.com/2015/08/21/the-first-furlough-part-1/

To complete the story from 1952, click the “next” button in the upper right-hand corner of the web page to see the following two posts.

In April 1954, Beetle went home again and visited his sister Lois and her husband Hi. They became the stars of their own strip six months later.
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Sarge Dreams #17

Beetle Bailey Sunday page, April 21, 1974.

Beetle Bailey Sunday page, April 21, 1974.

This baseball fantasy was almost certainly conceived by Jerry Dumas. Born in Detroit in 1930, Jerry was a lifelong Tigers fan and a devoted student of the game. He was hired by Mort Walker in 1956 and worked on Beetle Bailey for over sixty years. Jerry passed away on November 12, 2016 after a valiant battle with cancer.
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Sarge Dreams #15

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, October 3, 1971.

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, October 3, 1971.

The Story of Little Black Sambo was written and illustrated by Scottish author Helen Bannerman and first published in 1899. The plot revolves around a young boy who gives away his possessions to four tigers so they won’t eat him. This children’s book was a classic for many years but in 1932 poet Langston Hughes criticized the “pickaninny” images in the book and many libraries stopped circulating copies. Defenders pointed out that Sambo was the hero of the story and presented a positive role model for kids. In more recent years, Little Golden Books published a new version, The Boy and the Tigers, with illustrations by Valeria Petrone. Little Sambo was renamed Little Rajani.
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