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Cartoonist Mort Walker (1923 - 2018) Creator of Beetle Bailey


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Posted 27 January 2018 - 09:34 PM

MORT WALKER was one of those people whose eyes smiled every bit as brightly as their mouth. And so, when I sat next to the tuxedoed cartoonist at a 2010 Jersey City dinner and asked him whether he ever had trouble coming up with ideas, he got a playful glint in his eye before he replied: “The other day, I took my wife to the doctor. I waited an hour. By the time she came out, I’d written a few dozen jokes.”

Even that anecdote was delivered with the snap of an old-school one-liner. Whether he was wearing a military uniform in World War II Italy or black-tie in modern Jersey, Walker was forever determined to find the funny in life.

How else could a true “gag man” succeed over eight decades, graduating from greeting cards to become one of the most-read cartoonists on the planet?

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Posted 27 January 2018 - 09:38 PM

I don't think I ever read a newspaper without enjoying his work

RIP Mort

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Posted 28 January 2018 - 12:58 AM

RIP, Mort !  :rose:   I always enjoyed both comic strips.  It's been a long running discussion in our family whether Hi and Lois' baby talking to the sunbeam is cute or really stupid . . . :facepalm:  I always voted for cute.  :)

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Posted 28 January 2018 - 02:02 AM

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Posted 28 January 2018 - 07:17 AM

Always good for a smile. I'm an army vet and he was revered in the military.

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Posted 28 January 2018 - 11:46 AM

The best Beetle Bailey strip was when Sarge explained to Beetle why a hammer cost 600 dollars.

He took a "regular" hammer and tap-tap-tapped a dozen times on a nail.  He took the $600 hammer and drove a nail with one big WHAM!

Beetle fell for it completely, and Sarge was relieved..... :laughing guy: :laughing guy:




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