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It is with great sadness that we have to report that Mort Walker, the artist and creator of the decades-long running comic strip “Beetle Bailey” died at his home Saturday, his family said.

Walker was 94 years old.

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His son Greg Walker, who co-wrote the strip with his father in his later years, said his dad died at his home in Stamford, Connecticut, of pneumonia while recovering from a broken hip, Reuters reports.

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Mort Walker drew his daily award-winning comic strip for 68 years, longer than any other comic strip artist, his son said.

His strip debuted in 1950 with Beetle as a college student, but Mort Walker had Beetle enlist in the Army in the first year of the cartoon and it was a hit. Picked up by King Features Syndicate, it went from a 12-newspaper run to eventually reaching 200 million readers in 1,800 newspapers worldwide, King Features’ website says.

The lanky slacker Pvt. Beetle, along with his foils Sgt. Snorkle and Gen. Halftrack, inhabit the fictional Camp Swampy inspired loosely on Mort Walker’s experience of Army life in World War II.

But Beetle and his friends never saw battle in the strip and he seemed to be in perpetual training. They have been featured in a television cartoon series, games, books and postage stamps.

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Fox News reports that the comic strip endured despite a number of controversies, including when feminist groups claimed the cartoon made light of sexual harassment due to Walker’s character Gen. Amos Halftrack, who had a tendency to ogle his well-endowed secretary, Miss Buxley. Instead of writing him out of the strip, Walker resolved the issue by send Halftrack to sensitivity training.

This is from his son’s Facebook page:

“As many, or most, of you have heard by now, my Father, Mort, passed away early this morning. There isn’t a lot more I can say that hasn’t been said as far as his career went. I really appreciate the outpouring of respect and admiration I’ve received from everywhere. He certainly was an icon, the last cartoonist from the golden age of comic strips. He lived a life so full, we could all be envious. To me, though, he was my business partner, mentor, golf partner but, most of all, he was just Dad. We will continue his legacy and, hopefully, make him proud. (Picture by Richard Bell from his book on WWII vets)”

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As many, or most, of you have heard by now, my Father, Mort, passed away early this morning. There isn't a lot more I…

Posted by Greg Walker on Saturday, January 27, 2018

Walker’s sons Greg and Brian plan to carry on their father’s work. The pair have worked in the family business for decades.

Besides his sons, Walker is survived by his second wife, Catherine; daughters Polly Blackstock and Margie Walker Hauer; sons Neal and Roger Walker; stepdaughters Whitney Prentice and Priscilla Prentice Campbell; and several grandchildren.

Rest in peace brother and thanks for the memories.

TOGETHER WE WILL MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!

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