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Beetle Bailey Photo Gallery

Thursday, August 26, 2010 | 12:11 p.m. CDT
A 1984 promotion page from King Features Syndicate, Inc., shows the evolution of Beetle Bailey.

The U.S. Postal Service is honoring a classic cartoon character with mid-Missouri roots at a ceremony Friday at MU.

A stamp depicting sad-sack soldier Beetle Bailey and his longtime foil, Sergeant Orville Snorkel, is part of the new "Sunday Funnies" series released in July.

 

Mort Walker smiles while sitting at a drawing table in this undated file photo from the Missourian archives.
Mort Walker poses with a cutout of Cookie, the Army chef in the Beetle Bailey comic strip in this undated file photo from the Missourian archives.
This stamp depicting sad-sack soldier Beetle Bailey and his longtime foil, Sgt. Orville Snorkel, is part of the new "Sunday Funnies" series released by the U.S. Postal Service. The Beetle Bailey stamp, initially unveiled in July, is being honored for its connections to MU and mid-Missouri. Beetle Bailey's creator, Mort Walker, is a 1948 graduate of the university.


The first Beetle Bailey cartoon strip created by MU graduate Mort Walker included local landmarks such as Memorial Union and The Shack. The Shack, a local watering hole in the 1940s and decades later destroyed by fire, was where Walker conceived of the famous strip that eventually ran in more than 1,500 newspapers.
In June 1989, the Beetle Bailey strip referenced Mort Walker's days at "The Shack," which was a watering hole Walker and his friends would visit in the 1940s.

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