"Mort Walker's Private Scrapbook: Celebrating a Life of...

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March 04, 2001|By Michael Pakenham

"Mort Walker's Private Scrapbook: Celebrating a Life of Love and Laughter" by Mort Walker (Andrews McMeel Publishing, 323 pages, $29.95).

If the United States had official National Living Cultural Treasures and also had a national sense of humor, Mort Walker surely would be high on the list. Beetle Bailey -- with Sarge and other archetypal military antiheroes -- lives on, apparently immortal. Hi and Lois still lead the pack of family comic strips -- neck and neck with Blondie and Dagwood. This volume has acres of the best of those strips, plus an immense amount of other Mort Walker stuff -- photographs, crisp observations, nostalgia, perspectives on everything from cartooning to life itself. A joy that can be thumbed through almost endlessly.

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