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When We First Met – Beetle Bailey Firsts!

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Every week we spotlight the various characters, phrases, objects or events that eventually became notable parts of comic lore. Not major stuff like “the first appearance of Superman,” but rather, “the first time someone said, ‘Avengers Assemble!'” or “the first appearance of Batman’s giant penny” or “the first appearance of Alfred Pennyworth” or “the first time Spider-Man’s face was shown half-Spidey/half-Peter.” Stuff like that. Here is an archive of all the When We First Met features so far! Check ’em out!

Today we do a spotlight on Beetle Bailey firsts!

Mort Walker debuted his creation, Beetle Bailey, on September 4, 1950, as a college student…


On March 13th of the following year, Beetle enlisted in the army…


Here’s something I’m not sure of, and the source of all these comics (Mort Walker’s Best of Beetle Bailey book from seven years ago – well worth a read!) is unclear on this, as well.

Which is the first appearance of Sarge?

This strip from March 30th is DEFINITELY Sarge…


But is this strip from March 20th also Sarge?


I dunno, so I figured I’d give you both.

Walker does not provide debut dates for the other 1951 characters like General Halftrack, Killer, Cookie and Zero, so I guess I’ll skip them.

On June 9th, we see the debut of a recurring bit in the strip, Beetle having issues with hiding the delicious cakes his mother sends him…


If there are any comic firsts that you’re curious about, drop me a line at bcronin@comicbookresources.com