Saturday, December 11, 2010

Mort Walker - Beetle Bailey

Mort Walker...Beetle Bailey 2010.10.20

Walker created the Beetle Bailey comic strip in 1950 ... Beetle was originally created as a college student, who would leave college to enlist in the US Army. Stationed at Camp Swampy, Beetle is a lazy character always trying to avoid work and his fellow soldiers offer a variety of different characters. Sgt. Snorkel is Beetle's main nemesis, who is frequently seen beating up Beetle for any minor infraction. Although the villain, Snorkel is still a lovable character. Walker himself was drafted into the US Army in 1943, Walker served in Europe during world War II, discharged as a first lieutenant in 1947.

Walker has been assisted by Jerry Dumas, Bob Gustafson, Frank Johnson and his sons Neal, Brian and Greg Walker .

In 1963, 50 animated episodes of Beetle's adventures were broadcast on television. From 1953-1980 Beetle saw publication in comic book format through Dell Comics, Gold Key, King Comics and Charlton Comics. 1992-94 Harvey Comics published a Beetle Bailey comic, as well.

Walker also created the comic strip Hi and Lois in 1954, a spin-off of Beetle Bailey. Beetle is the brother of Lois Flagston. Hi and Lois was written by Walker and drawn by Dik Browne who also created Hagar the Horrible. Walker has also created the comic strips Boner's Ark (with Frank Johnson), Gamin & Patches, Mrs. Fitz's Flats, The Evermores, and Sam and Silo (with Jerry Dumas)

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