Beetle Bailey Celebration

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iUniverse, 2005 - Fiction - 132 pages
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Beetle Bailey has over 200 million daily readers and appears in almost 2,000 newspapers worldwide. Few strips have the popularity of staying power of Beetle Bailey, able to entertain readers for nearly four decades. As creator or co-creator of four other popular comic strips, including Hi & Lois and Boner's Ark, Mort Walker is the most widely published cartoonist in comics history. It's a testament to Walker's genius and Beetles' Universal appeal.Walker created Beetle Bailey just before the Korean War, and the strip has evolved into a comics page staple where the fun, but ineffectual, denizens of Camp Swampy exist in a place long forgotten by the Pentagon. At the bottom of the heap is Beetle Bailey, the eternal private who sees his duty as sleeping whenever possible, needling Sarge, and avoiding work at all costs. But Sergeant Orville P. Snorkel has different ideas-he may beat up on "his boys", but he then takes them out for a beer. General Halftrack is more concerned with ogling Miss Buxley than running the camp. And with inept officers like Major Greenbrass, Lieutenant Fuzz, and Lieutenant Flap, nothing ever gets done. But that doesn't keep the troops from complaining, or getting into one hilarious mess after another.Beetle Bailey, the character, may never get a promotion, but Beetle Bailey, the comic strip, has made it to the top.

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About the author (2005)

Mort Walker was born in 1923 in El Dorado, Kansas. He published his first comic when he was 11 and sold his first cartoon at 12. By 14, he was selling gag cartoons regularly to Child Life, Inside Detective and Flying Aces magazines. At 15, he was a comic-strip artist for a daily metropolitan newspaper and at 18, he became chief editorial designer at Hall Bros. The following year, in 1943, Walker was drafted into the Army. He was discharged as a first lieutenant four years later, and graduated from the University of Missouri in 1948, where he was editor of the school magazine. He then went to New York City. In order to survive he worked as editor of three magazines for Dell Publishing Company. His first 200 cartoons were rejected, but editors started to recognize his talent and in two years he was the top-selling magazine cartoonist. His first big break came in 1950, when King Features picked up Beetle Bailey for syndication. Walker's comic strip Hi and Lois, which he created with Dik Browne, began in 1954 as a spin-off of Beetle Bailey. He also created "Boner's Ark" in 1968 under the name "Addison," and created "Sam & Silo" with Jerry Dumas in 1977. In 1974, he founded the Museum of Cartoon Art, the first museum dedicated to the preservation and elevation of the art of comics. The museum now houses the largest complete collection of its kind, making it the premier showcase for comics. Walker was inducted into the Museum of Carton Art Hall of Fame in 1989. Walker has written several books on the art and history of comics, as well as children's books. He has published numerous collections of his comics work, including 92 Beetle Bailey and 35 Hi and Lois paperbacks. In May 2000, Walker was honored by the United States Army at the Pentagon with The Decoration for Distinguished Civilian Service, the highest award the Secretary of the Army can bestow on a civilian. He was also lauded at the Pentagon ceremony by the Association of the United States Army, the National World War II Memorial Campaign and the Non Commissioned Officers Association for his efforts to help build awareness and raise funds for the National World War II Memorial. Walker has received many awards, including the 1953 Cartoonist of the Year from the National Cartoonists Society, the 1966 Best Humor Strip from the National Cartoonists Society, the 1969 Best Humor Strip from the National Cartoonists Society, the 1972 Il Secolo XIX Award, Italy, the 1975 Adamson Award forBest International Cartoonist, from Sweden, the 1977 Power of Printing Award and the Elzie Segar Award, Lifetime Achievement.

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