Timeline – 1973 Part 1

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, April 8, 1973.

The Sunday page above is one of my all-time favorites.

Sergeant Orville P. Snorkel was inspired by Sergeant Octavian Savou (below), a tough-as-nails authoritarian Mort Walker encountered in basic training after he enlisted in the Army in 1942. Savou would yell and scream at his men without mercy. One night Mort and all his buddies had the night off and went into town. When they returned to the barracks, they found notes with poems written on them pinned to their pillows. They were all addressed to “my boys” from Sgt. Savou.

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