by Mort Walker
5.1.53 Beetle comic page
The first Beetle Bailey comic book, Dell #469 shown above, was published on May 1, 1953. At that time it was part of the Dell Four Color Comics series, which ran alternating titles. Mort Walker drew all of the cover and interior pages (example on the right). The next two Beetle Bailey comics, Dell #521, dated December 1, 1953 and Dell #552 dated April 1, 1954, are shown below.  Beetle Bailey got his own comic book series with Dell beginning in 1956. – Brian Walker
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