Mort Walker, the creator of Beetle Bailey, a comic strip about an Army private, died on Saturday at his home in Stamford, Connecticut and he was 94, multiple sources have confirmed.
Mr. Walker had malingered his way through 70 years at Camp Swampy to the consternation of his commanding officers and the delight of his fans in the armed forces and beyond.
Mort Walker, Creator of ‘Beetle Bailey’ Comic Strip, Dies At Age 94
The death of Mr. Walker was confirmed by his son Brian Walker.
Mr. Walker had the longest tenancy of any cartoonist on an original creation, King Features, which started its syndication of Beetle Bailey in 1950.
Mr. Walker recalled in his collection The Best of Beetle Bailey (1984),
Little did I know when I was drafted that I was going to get almost four years of free research.
The Army thoughtfully sent me to a number of places so that my experiences could be broadest. I was a private, a corporal, a sergeant and a lieutenant and I was a goof-up in every rank.