Beetle Bailey , which started as a college-themed strip in , debuted inauspiciously in 12 newspapers. After six months, it had signed on only 25 clients, and King Features Syndicate considered dropping it. He quickly picked up newspapers. Mort redesigned the cast and a Sunday page was added in After the Korean War was over, Army brass wanted to tighten up discipline and felt that Beetle Bailey encouraged disrespect for officers.
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Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. From the very first Beetle Bailey strips on a college campus through Beetle's enlistment in the U.
In addition to the suburban family comedy Hi and Lois , Walker spearheaded the military farce Beetle Bailey , about a beleaguered recruit trying the patience of his commanding officer, the rather abusive Sergeant Snorkel. While drawing cartoons for The Saturday Evening Post , he decided to try creating a story around a university student named Spider who kept his hat pulled over his eyes and tried to navigate college life by doing as little as possible. Changing his name to Beetle Bailey—the surname was a nod to a supportive editor at the Post —Walker had him wander into an Army recruiting station. Inspired, he retrofitted the strip so that barracks would take the place of a dorm. Walker himself had been drafted, serving four years during World War II.
Beetle Bailey is an American comic strip created by cartoonist Mort Walker , published since September 4, In the years just before Walker's death in at age 94 , it was among the oldest comic strips still being produced by its original creator. Beetle was originally a college student at Rockview University. The characters in that early strip were modeled after Walker's Kappa Sigma fraternity brothers at the University of Missouri. On March 13, , during the strip's first year, Beetle quit school and enlisted in the U.