Updated on 16 October, 2021
Beetle Bailey is an American comic series created by cartoonist Mort Walker, initially published from September 4, 1950 to November 7, 1955 in syndicated strips across the U.S. It's set in a fictional United States military post called Camp Danger. When superheroes arrive on earth for the first time, they are often greeted with skepticism, with one soldier telling another, "You ever think you'll be on TV?" Others wear shirts that say: "I'm a Rock Star from Mars, and I don't give a flying rat's butt where I'm from." One character, Jerry, wears a shirt that says: "Don't let your mother be the only one to see the secret...we're stinking up the joint!"
The premise of the comic strips is simple: each strip is self-contained, with its own storyline, characters, and plot. For example, the second strip, featuring the adventures of Agent Loi Flagston, begins with him meeting his Uncle Rico in Las Vegas. Loi is assigned to protect the strip from a terrorist attack, but he gets into a fight with two heavyset bouncers, and gets knocked out with a punch to the head. Fortunately, his Uncle Rico dials 911, and he and his partner, Bob, are taken to the local hospital, where Rico dies of a bullet in his head.
This is just one of many Beetle Bailey Comic Strip themes. In the second year, the comic strip featured Dr. Spragley, who portrayed himself as a curable mad scientist. Other characters included King Features, a reptilian monster who wore a fedora hat; Mrs. Peel, a British girl who had a crush on King Features (and even tried to poison him in one issue); and Catwoman, a smart-alecky super villain who used a catheter to transfer her poisons.
The third year featured a new female character, Betty Boop, who was a secretary at the comic strip headquarters. Betty became popular due to her sassiness and caring attitude toward King Features. This turned out to be a great contrast to the crude attitude of King Features. In one scene, the King features characteristically smiling while placing his foot on top of Betty's head. This was a running gag throughout the strips.
It didn't take long for the popularity of Beetle Bailey to grow, and by the late 1960s, the strip had become a steady hit. One reason for this was the reaction it got from audiences who were liberated by the events depicted in the comics. People were laughing at the absurd actions of King Features and other characters because they felt that they were laughable. They were liberated from the straight-laced, stodgy world depicted in newspapers and magazines.
As the popularity of the Beetle Bailey grew, various image books and collections were released that feature the strips. Over the years, the print run of the comic strip has totaled somewhere between forty-eight and seventy-six issues. Of course, the best-selling book happens to be the "Volumes I and II" collection that came out right before the birth of Betty Boop! The second volume of Beetle Bailey's comic strip featured the first female lead, which proved to be a big hit with readers. A Betty Boop Halloween Special was also released in January of 1970. Halloween Special featured a Betty Boop Halloween Costume, which is still a hit today!
You may be wondering where you can find a Betty Boop Halloween Special. If you happen to live near a Wal-Mart, then you will likely find a Halloween section that is kept closed. However, other comic stores such as Barnes and Noble and other superstores do have the special available.
So where can you find a great Betty Boop Halloween Special? Comic shops are always having them, so that is your best bet. You can also find some of the older strips at some local libraries. So, when you're all set to go trick or treating, make sure you have a couple of comic books to flip through!