70 years later The Walker Brothers are celebrating the anniversary during the first week of September. Kicking it off a little early is Brian Walker writing a brief column about the early Beetle for the Comics Kingdom blog.
Beetle Bailey debuted inauspiciously in twelve newspapers on Sept. 4. 1950. After six months it had signed on only twenty-five clients.
King Features considered dropping Beetle Bailey after the first year’s contract was over. The Korean War was heating up at the time, so Mort decided to have Beetle enlist in the army. He quickly picked up a hundred papers.
Beetle signed up on March 13, 1951.
Along with the column, Brian has given us a little preview by way of the Hogan’s Alley Facebook page.
The celebration continues into the September 6 Sunday page.
Mort and Beetle’s careers are covered in this long Mort Walker interview.
And after 70 years Beetle remains in the top ten most distributed strips. Congratulations!