The James Bond conventions continue as Sarge deploys a bomb, oil slick, barbed wire- and the kitchen sink- from his modified Italian Jeepola. The climax leads the viewer back into the 'real world' with a true-to-character punchline. Note the use of wavy panel borders to denote the dream sequence.
The complete vintage clipping below appears courtesy of Richard Sala (Cat Burglar Black, Chuckling Whatsit, Delphine), maestro of the macabre mystery. Sala clipped this from his own newspaper as a kid and kept it in a scrapbook. See my interview with Richard Sala here, where he shares his original TV Avengers photos and letters.
Spy Vibers can find this Sunday Beetle gag and more in Beetle Bailey: The Daily & Sunday Strips 1966. Walker was already the top-selling magazine cartoonist in the country when he sold Beetle Bailey for syndication in 1950. You can read his career-spanning interviews in my book, Mort Walker Conversations, available from Amazon and directly through me (contact spyvibe[at]gmail.com for info). I am working on an eBook with Mort Walker that will include new interviews and material. Walker will turn 90 on September 3rd and 2014 will be the 80th anniversary of his first cartoon sale! Congrats, Mort!
Beetle Bailey made its debut the same year as Peanuts by Charles Schulz. Both strips established a clean modern style that held up under the already shrinking space for comics in the newspapers. I was the artist-in-residence at the Charles Schulz Museum in June. My Museum interview link available here and my review of the Peanuts & Eames Design exhibit here. Thanks for reading, Spy Vibers!
Get ready to meet MIKI ZERO, a Japanese fashion model and spy from 1965! That's right, I've written a novel inspired by Spy Vibe. More info at my website here.
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