Mort Walker United States

3 September 1923 in United States
27 January 2018 in United States
94 years
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Also known as

Addison Morton Walker

Addison (pen name)

M. Walker (pen name)

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Beetle Bailey, Boner's Ark, Gamin and Patches, Hi and Lois, and Sam and Silo.

Co-created The Evermores with Johnny Sajem in 1982.


Museum of Cartoon Art, 1974.

Additional biography:

Freelancer (Drukel Publication) #4, Fall 1957.

World of Comic Art (World of Comic Art Publications) #1, 1966; #3, 1966.

Cartoonist PROfiles (Jud Hurd) #12, #16, #32, #38, #41, #43-44, #48-51, 1971-1980.

World Encyclopedia of Comics, 1976, 1999.

Nemo (Fantagraphics) #5, 1984.

Comics Journal (Fantagraphics) #116, 1987.

Ron Goulart's Comics History Magazine (Goulart Publishing Empire) #4, Summer 1997.

A Gallery of Rogues: Cartoonists' Self-Caricatures (Billy Ireland Cartoon Library), 1998, by Robert C. Harvey.

Mort Walker: Conversations (University Press of Mississippi), 2005.

News from ME, "Mort Walker, R.I.P.", Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 10:00 AM, (retrieved 27 January 2018).


Stamford Advocate, "‘Beetle Bailey’ cartoonist Mort Walker dies at 94", By John Breunig Updated 5:25 pm, Saturday, January 27, 2018 (, retrieved 27 January 2018).

Comic strip and comic strip syndication:

Lime Juicers (Limejuicers) daily for the Kansas City Journal (Kansas City, Missouri), 1936, for one year.

Submitted gag for the Li'l Abner topper, Advice fo' Chillun (United Feature Syndicate), published Sunday, October 24, 1937.

Submitted strip Wake of the Wanderer to a syndicate but was rejected, 1938.

Sunshine and Shadow comic strip for the American Dairy Review (Watt Publishing Company), 1939-1940.

Beetle Bailey daily and Sunday (King Features Syndicate), 1950-2018 (writer throughout entire run; penciler, and inker through most of the run).

Betty Boop and Friends daily (King Features Syndicate), 1984-1988 (writer).

Boner’s Ark daily and Sunday (King Features Syndicate), 1968-1984 (writer).

The Evermores daily and Sunday (King Features Syndicate), 1982-1985 (writer).

Gamin and Patches daily and Sunday (United Feature Syndicate), 1987-1988 (writer).

Hi and Lois daily and Sunday (King Features Syndicate), 1954-1990 (writer).

Mrs. Fitz’s Flats daily (King Features Syndicate), 1957-1972 (writer).

Sam and Silo daily and Sunday (King Features Syndicate), 1977-1981 (writer).

Sam’s Strip daily (King Features Syndicate), 1961-1963 (writer).

Editorial cartoons for Scarritt Scout, mimeographed grade school newspaper, 1933.

At age of 11, Walker makes his first cartoon sale to Child Life (Rand McNally) for one dollar, 1934.

Walker enters and wins a national oil painting contest for ten dollars with a certificate of merit, 1940.

Chief editorial designer, Hall Brothers (Hallmark Cards), 1941-1942.

Drafted into United States Army, 1942. Discharged as First Lieutenant in 1946. Walker's experience in the Army served as inspiration for Beetle Bailey.

Editor-in-Chief for Missouri Showme Magazine from the University of Missouri, 1946-1948.

As part of a University of Missouri experiment, one of Walker's cartoons becomes the first to be transmitted via fax, 1947.

Submits, with friend David Hornaday, a teenager comic strip to syndicates, but does not sell, 1947.

Hired by Dell as a editor, working as editor-in-chief on 1000 Jokes (Dell, 1939 series), Hollywood's Family Album (Dell, 1948 series), Film Fun (Dell, ? series), and assistant editor on Western Stars (Dell, 1948 series), and Sport (Dell, 1946 series), 1948.

1949 married Jean Suffill, had seven children, later divorced.

Submits cartoons regularly to magazines, including one based off his friend David Hornaday, around a character named Spider to the Saturday Evening Post. The Post declines to make it a regular feature, and Walker reworks it into Beetle Bailey, 1950.

Last comic strip to be personally approved by William Randolph Hearst, Beetle Bailey appears in twelve newspapers on September 4, 1950.

The Korean War causes a change in direction of Beetle Bailey, as the titular character leaves college to join the army, 1951.

Works with cartoonist Dik Browne to create the comic strip Hi and Lois, 1954.

Creates comic strip Mrs. Fritz's Flats, 1957.

Works with cartoonist Jerry Dumas to create the comic strip Sam's Strip, 1961. Creates with Dumas the spinoff strip, Sam and Silo, eventually passing it onto Jerry Dumas, 1977.

Fifty animated Beetle Bailey cartoons produced by Paramount Pictures, Walker writes two cartoons, 1962

Walker creates comic strip Boner's Art, eventually passing it onto cartoonist Frank Johnson.

August 24, 1985 married Catherine Carty, had three step-children.

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Cavalcade (Cavalcade, 1950? series) v17#3 (February 1953)
Magazine: Cartoon
Beetle Bailey (Calvert, 1954 series) #2 (January 1955)
Untitled (Beetle Bailey)
Comic: Cover
Beetle Bailey (Calvert, 1954 series) #4 (March 1955)
Untitled (Beetle Bailey)
Comic: Cover
Beetle Bailey (Calvert, 1954 series) #6 (May 1955)
Untitled (Beetle Bailey)
Comic: Cover
Chucklers' Weekly (Consolidated Press, 1954? series) v3#5 (1 June 1956)
Untitled (Beetle Bailey)
Story paper: Comic story
Chucklers' Weekly (ACP, 1957 series) v4#10 (5 July 1957)
Untitled (Beetle Bailey)
Story paper: Comic story
Chucklers' Weekly (ACP, 1957 series) v4#15 (9 August 1957)
Untitled (Beetle Bailey)
Story paper: Comic story
Mammoth Western & Adventure (Calvert, 1958?) (1958)
Beetle Bailey Gets Promoted (Beetle Bailey)
Comic: Comic story
The Australian Chucklers' Weekly (ACP, 1958 series) v5#4 (23 May 1958)
Untitled (Beetle Bailey)
Comic: Comic story
Monster Western & Adventure (Calvert, 1958? series) #2 (1958)
Correspondence Course (Beetle Bailey)
Comic: Comic story



  • 26 Sep 2019

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