IN MEMORIUM: Remembering Mort Walker
Mort Walker, award wining cartoonist, passed away this weekend at the age of 94 at his home in Stanford, Connecticut. A veteran of World War II, Mort created Beetle Bailey in 1951 to satirize his experiences in basic training during the war.
Set in the fictional Camp Swampy, Beetle put more effort into outwitting his nemesis Sgt. Snorkel, than in actually training or working. In 2000, Mort was awarded the distinguished Civilian Service Award by the US Army for his comic work.
Mort was also one of the last original writers and artists who continued working on their comics strips without passing the work onto other artists.
In a statement from his son, Neil, Mort was still drawing and working until the end.
He will be sorely missed.