The first institution that soured on the strip was the U. The reasons are obvious: Beetle is a slacker, his commanding officers incompetents or brutes, and the military he serves a bureaucratic mess. This has been the inevitable part of an obituary where I try to convince you that the deceased was more complex than you ever imagined. Beetle, originally the star of a campus humor strip, joined the Army only because he ducked into a recruiting office in an attempt to avoid running into the women he was two-timing. One of the things the idiots who were actually in charge of Walker tried to make him do was keep even the barest hint of sex out of Beetle Bailey. In a interview with the Atlantic , Walker told Cullen Murphy himself a writer for Prince Valiant — comics are a small and interconnected business about his ongoing battles with newspapers over the depiction of belly buttons, male and female, which were routinely excised with a razor blade.
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Varning for Snusk Warning for Smut , the collection depicts Beetle and his cast in a series of ribald, leering panels featuring jokes about sex and engaged in salacious, very not-safe-for-work activity. In addition to the suburban family comedy Hi and Lois , Walker spearheaded the military farce Beetle Bailey, about a beleaguered recruit trying the patience of his commanding officer, the rather abusive Sergeant Snorkel. The ensuing attention led to even more success for the cartoon, adding newspapers to its roster. The statue was unveiled in The Beetle sculpture is similar, with the character relaxing at a table. A character remarked that the draft should be made retroactive so then-president Bill Clinton would be sent to Vietnam. I heard that the editor had started collecting my navels.