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Beetle Bailey delivers

Beetle stamp 

Sarge goes postal on Beetle Bailey, the creation of Mort Walker, BA ’48. The U.S. Postal Service celebrates the popular strip in a set of five Sunday Funnies stamps.

Beetle Bailey’s days as the laziest man in the Army have come to an end. Don’t worry, the 60-year-old cartoon strip by Mort Walker, BA ’48, continues. But on July 16, 2010, Beetle was assigned to the U.S. Postal Service, which enshrined him on a stamp that day. From now on, he’ll have to slog along with mail carriers daily through rain and snow to help in the swift completion of their appointed rounds. 

On Aug. 27, 2010, at the bronze Beetle Bailey statue in front of the Reynolds Alumni Center, alumni, friends, campus administrators and postal service representatives gathered to celebrate the new stamp, which features Sarge ranting at the ever-calm private. The stamp is part of a Sunday Funnies series, which includes Dennis the Menace, Garfield, Calvin and Hobbes, and Archie.

The likeness of Beetle Bailey figures large on the campus landscape. Not only did Walker’s son Neal create the bronze sculpture of Beetle ensconced in a booth at The Shack, but Ellis Library also holds several of Walker’s original strips. To boot, a statue of the lazy private greets visitors to Mort’s Lounge at the new MU Student Center. Walker dedicated the lounge Oct. 22, 2010. Check out video of his visit.