Timeline – 2005 Part 3

Beetle Bailey Sunday page digital proof, June 19, 2005.

There are certain situations in comic strips that are worth repeating.  Lucy pulling the football away from Charlie Brown at the last minute in Peanuts.  The dotted lines of Billy’s wanderings around the neighborhood in The Family Circus.  Dagwood running into the mailman in Blondie.
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Timeline – 2003 Part 2

Beetle Bailey Sunday page digital proof, January 12, 2003.

The characters shown in silhouette in the Sunday page above are: Beetle and Lt. Flap (panels #2 and #3), Zero (panel #4), Rocky (panel #5), Plato (panel #6), Sarge (panel #7) and General Halftrack (panel #8).

This technique was discussed in a previous post.
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Timeline – 1975 Part 4

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, December 21, 1975

Mort Walker and Jerry Dumas had a long-running debate. Mort would urge his staff to write gags with “more funny pictures!”  Jerry would respond by expressing his preference for “more funny words.” The best cartoons perfectly blend graphics and text, so both cartoonists had a valid point.
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