March 21, 2017 –The Beetle Bailey comic strip was begun in 1950, shortly after World War II ended, while many Americans were still in uniform.
Mort Walker, who created the strip, set it in Camp Swampy, a fictional army camp.
He peopled it with a collection of regulars: Sarge (Sergeant 1st Class Orville P. Snorkel), Beetle’s Sergeant who has a tendency to get mad at Beetle and pound him into a shapeless pulp; Cookie, the mess sergeant who makes unspeakable meals; Private Killer, Beetle’s good friend and serious ladies’ man; Brigadier General Amos T. Halftrack, the alcoholic (and incompetent) commander of the Camp; Miss Buxley, Halftrack’s beautiful and sought-after secretary, and occasional date for Beetle; and Otto, Sarge’s uniform-wearing bulldog who acts more like a soldier that many of the other soldiers.
And, of course, there is Beetle, perpetual private, a lazy, work-avoiding grunt who will do anything to get out of doing anything of value. He has an attitude and absolutely not Army material.
And yet he has continued, uninterrupted, since 1950. Beetle Bailey is the oldest existing cartoon strip still being produced by its original creator.
Stream 13 episodes (each one is made up of several titles) of the Beetle Bailey cartoons, begun in 1969, for a good old-fashioned laugh. Available on Amazon Video.