by Mort Walker
KillerHeadEvery army barracks and college dorm has a guy like Killer. He spends all his waking hours thinking of girls and, if he’s lucky, every sleeping hour next to one. Beetle Bailey daily strip, September 3, 1953. Beetle Bailey daily strip, September 3, 1953. One of the most popular cartoon series during World War II featured a character known as “The Wolf.” He had a normal body with the head of a wolf and his ears wiggled when he got within range of an attractive female. Beetle Bailey daily strip, November 3, 1953. Beetle Bailey daily strip, November 3, 1953. Mort Walker adapted this idea to create Beetle’s best buddy, Killer. His cap wiggles instead of his ears when he sees a pretty girl. Beetle Bailey daily strip, July 27, 1955. Beetle Bailey daily strip, July 27, 1955. In the next post, we will look at some early strips featuring the leader of Camp Swampy, General Amos T. Halftrack. – Brian Walker

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