Camera-ready comic art drawing for Beetle Bailey

Description (Brief):

This pen-and-ink drawing produced for the Beetle Bailey comic strip shows Beetle asking what the Chaplain thinks about sneaking naps after being told “Don’t do anything I wouldn’t do.”

Description (Brief)

Addison Morton "Mort" Walker (1923- ) was first published at age eleven, and soon afterward was drawing a weekly cartoon for the Kansas City Journal. After U.S. Army service in World War II, Walker began drawing a cartoon named Spider for the Saturday Evening Post. King Features Syndicate later contracted with him for the related comic strip devoted to the character Beetle Bailey. Walker also wrote for Hi and Lois, considered to be a spin-off of Beetle Bailey. More recently Walker has drawn the strip with the help of his sons.

Description (Brief)

Beetle Bailey (1950- ), a private in the U.S. Army, is regularly looking for a way to avoid doing work. He is memorable because his eyes are always covered by a hat or helmet. The strip location originally took place on a college campus but after a year Walker reimagined the location of the strip as a U.S. Army base called "Camp Swampy," where the characters seem to be stationed in never-ending basic training.

Date Made: 1966-09-24

Graphic Artist: Walker, MortPublisher: King Features Syndicate

Location: Currently not on view

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Exhibition Location:

Credit Line: Newspaper Comics Council, Inc., New York, NY

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: GA.22533Catalog Number: 22533Accession Number: 277502

Object Name: drawingObject Type: DrawingsOther Terms: drawing; Pen and Ink

Physical Description: paper (overall material)ink (overall material)Measurements: overall: 15.8 cm x 48.7 cm; 6 1/4 in x 19 3/16 in


Record Id: nmah_797256

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