Mort Walker, the cartoonist for the Beetle Bailey comic strip, died from pneumonia on Saturday at his home in Stamford, Connecticut. Walker was 94.

Walker drew the comic strip for 68 years, longer than any other U.S. artist in the history of comic strips.  Beetle Bailey debuted in 1950 reaching 200 million readers in 1,800 newspapers and in more than 50 countries.

Beetle was the main character with his eyes always covered with a hat or helmet.  The other characters included Sgt. Snorkel, Gen. Halftrack, Miss Buxley, Cookie and Pvt. Zero.

Walker used the military setting as a way to showcase a world in which everyone had a part.

Source: Mort Walker, whose ‘Beetle Bailey’ was a comic-page staple for decades, dies at 94 – The Washington Post

 

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