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Mort Walker Collection

Identifier: MGHL-mghl-00017

This collection includes 12 original comic strips: 4 Beetle Bailey strips by Mort Walker; 4 Beetle Bailey strips by Mort Walker and his son Greg Walker; 2 Boner's Ark strips (signed "Addison"); 2 Hi and Lois strips by Mort Walker and Dik Browne.


  • 1969-2012


Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions to access.

Conditions Governing Use

Some restrictions, please contact the Modern Graphic History Library Curator at (314) 935-7741 or Users of the collection must read and abide by the Rules for the use of Modern Graphic History Library materials. Users of the collections who wish to use items from this collection, in whole or in part, in any form of publication (as defined in the form) must sign and submit to the Washington University Department of Special Collections a hard copy of the Notification of intent to publish Modern Graphic History Library materials form. All publication not covered by fair use restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder.


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1 linear feet

Biographical or Historical Information

Addison Mort Walker is a comic strip illustrator and writer, best known for creating Beetle Bailey and its spin-off, Hi and Lois. Walker was born in 1923 in El Dorado, Kansas.  He was drafted into the Army in 1943 and discharged as a first lieutenant four years later.  After graduating from the University of Missouri, he moved to New York City to pursue a career as a cartoonist. His break came in 1950 when King Features picked up Beetle Bailey for syndication. The comic strip started with low syndication numbers as a college-based scenario, but when Beetle joined the Army in 1951, 200 newspapers ran the strip.  In 1954, Walker joined with Dik Browne to create a spin-off strip, focusing on Beetle's sister Lois and her family. Walker's use of high-contrast images with simple scenarios and simple gags helped set a standard still used by cartoonists today.  He has published numerous paperback collections of his comic strips, in addition to writing children's books and books on art history. Sources Cited: Mort's Biography,; Cartoonist Mort Walker Explains his Beetle Bailey Comics,, Sept. 12, 2001  ; Mort Walker conversations. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2005.

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Arrangement Note

The collection is arranged alphabetically by title.

Method of Acquisition

The collection was donated to the Modern Graphic History Library by Mort Walker in 10/22/2012.

Accruals and Additions

There are no accruals.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Kristin Flachsbart in March 2013.


Mort Walker Collection
Kristin Flachsbart
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Revision Statements

  • 2013-03: This finding aid was entered into Archon by Kristin Flachsbart in March 2013.
  • 2021-12-20: Resource record updated in ArchivesSpace by Troy Sherman.

Collecting Area Details

Part of the D.B. Dowd Modern Graphic History Library Collecting Area

Skye Lacerte, Curator
West Campus Library
7425 Forsyth Blvd
Clayton MO 63105 US
(314) 935-5495