NPR

Mort Walker, The Man Behind 'Beetle Bailey' Comic Strip, Dies At 94

Walker's comic strip skyrocketed in popularity when he transformed the setting to a military operation in the early 1950s to coincide with the Korean War.

Mort Walker, the renowned comic strip artist best known for his cartoon depicting the high jinks of the loafing Army private "Beetle Bailey," died Saturday at the age of 94 at his home in Stamford, Conn.

Walker drew as a daily comic strip for 68 years, making him the longest-running artist in, which performed the original syndication for the strip.

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from NPR

NPR4 min read
From The Gridiron To Multigrid Algorithms In 'Mind And Matter'
MIT mathematician and former Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman John Urschel has a new memoir out about how he combined his two very different talents into a successful and varied career.
NPR2 min readTech
Suicide Rate For Girls Has Been Rising Faster Than For Boys, Study Finds
Researchers found that the increase was highest for girls ages 10 to 14 in the U.S., rising by nearly 13% since 2007. The increase for boys of the same age was 7%.
NPR2 min read
Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison Scores Surprise Election Victory
Morrison's win defied analysts and pollsters, who had predicted his defeat for several months. "Tonight is about every single Australian who depends on their government to put them first," he said.