The creator of the beloved American comic strip ‘Beetle Bailey’ has died. Mort Walker was 94 years old. Like his iconic character, Walker served in the US Army during WWII.
FOX News reported:
Mort Walker, creator of long-running ‘Beetle Bailey’ comic strip, dies at 94, family says
“Beetle Bailey” comic strip artist Mort Walker died Saturday at age 94, his family said.
According to his oldest son, Greg, who partnered with his father on that venerable cartoon take on the military life, the elder Walker died of old age at his home in Stanford, Conn.
Walker was part of more than a half-dozen comic strips in his career, including “Hi and Lois,” ”Boner’s Ark” and “Sam & Silo.” But his greatest success came from Beetle, his hot-tempered sergeant and the rest of the gang at fictional Camp Swampy, which he drew for nearly 70 years.
After an initial lack of popularity, the cartoon eventually succeeded, which Walker attributed to Beetle’s indolence and reluctance to follow authority.
“Most people are sort of against authority,” Walker said once during an interview with the Associated Press. “Here’s Beetle always challenging authority. I think people relate to it.”
Rest in peace, Mort. And thank you for all the laughs!