Can you imagine BEETLE BAILEY being "censored?"
An infrequently-appearing supporting member of "A" Company is Private Rocky — Camp Swampy's long-haired, disgruntled social dissident; a former biker gang member and rebel-without-a-clue, introduced to the "BEETLE BAILEY" comic strip in 1958.
This dude probably got into the US Army via a court order, where he was told, "Join up, or go to prison!" Definitely, he was a malcontent from "the wrong side of the tracks."
In the above-shown strips, the TOP one shows the way it was originally written, and the BOTTOM one shows how it was published in the newspapers, worldwide.
The original strip (sent out to newspapers well in advance of the publication date), got many negative reactions, most notably, "the strip is read by kids, and we don't want them to think the stealing cars is 'cool,' because 'Rocky' is a 'cool' character to them."
So, creator Mort Walker made the change you see in the lower strip.
3061 day(s) ago