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50 Years of Beetle Bailey

Mort Walker

Published April 1st 2000
ISBN : 9781561632527
Paperback
128 pages
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Surely this poor PFC shouldve gotten a shot at retirement by now, but his fans just wont let him go. After 50 years in service, Beetle still stays firmly lodged in the nations top five comic strips, in 1,800 newspapers in 52 different countriesMoreSurely this poor PFC shouldve gotten a shot at retirement by now, but his fans just wont let him go. After 50 years in service, Beetle still stays firmly lodged in the nations top five comic strips, in 1,800 newspapers in 52 different countries with 200 million readers every day. Creator Mort Walker has lovingly put together this decade-by-decade compilation to commemorate Beetles extended tour of duty, throwing in a little bit of the strips history for good measure. Whether it was Lt. Flaps introduction to the outfit (How come theres no blacks in this honkie outfit?) or General Halftracks stint in sensitivity training for drooling over Miss Buxley, Walkers strip has always stayed current, even in the face of controversy. (In fact, as Walker explains, the strip owes much of its initial success to raising a ruckus. It only really took off after being banned from the Stars and Stripes for what he calls making fun of officers.) The hundreds of black-and-white daily and Sunday strips will likely charm even those new to Camp Swampy, but its the die-hard fans wholl appreciate Walkers final illustration: the only existing picture of Beetle Baileys eyes. --Paul Hughes