A Tribute to Mort Walker

Tribute by Eric Reaves.

We would like to thank all of our readers for the many tributes and condolences we received after our fearless leader, Mort Walker, passed away on January 27. A famous cartoonist once said, “If you want to truly know me, read my comic strip every day.” In 67 years, 3 months and 12 days, Mort created 24,562 Beetle Bailey strips. His philosophy of life is contained in these panels. Perhaps the best way to remember him is to pick up one of his books (or scroll through the digital archive found here) and chuckle along with some of his favorite gags. It’s all there, for everyone to enjoy.  Forever.

Comic Strip Crossovers

Hi and Lois daily strip, October 13, 1960.

Hi and Lois daily strip, October 13, 1960.

Beetle Bailey, which began on September 4, 1950, is the strip that Mort Walker is most often associated with. Hi and Lois started four years later on October 18, 1954. Not many readers are aware that there is an important connection between the two strips. Lois Flagston is Beetle Bailey’s sister.
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40th Anniversary – Conclusion

The Sunday page we did for the 40th anniversary story in 1994 showed Beetle and his sister Lois flipping through pages in an old family photo album.

Hi and Lois Sunday page, October 23, 1994.

Hi and Lois Sunday page, October 23, 1994.

It was fun to imagine what Beetle and Lois might have looked like when they were younger and to speculate about the dynamics of their relationship.  We were writing the backstory of characters who had been around for decades.
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