Beetle Bailey nears retirement age, but stays put

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) - August 29, 2010

The popular wise guy who appears in 1,800 newspapers turns 60 on Saturday.

Mort Walker says he has no plans to retire from his job drawing Beetle. The 86-year-old cartoonist says he wakes up every day with a new idea.

King Features is celebrating Beetle's anniversary with Sunday cartoons of Beetle re-enacting military events in history, such as the end of World War II or crossing the Delaware with George Washington.

Walker says he has not changed Beetle over the decades. He says Beetle reflects people's resistance to authority and rules and regulations.

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