The limited palette was an interesting artistic choice.

§ November 2nd, 2010 § Filed under scans § 10 Comments

Was the overwhelming use of brown somehow a comment on the drab existence of Beetle Bailey’s army camp life? A representation of the filth in which he was wallowing while cleaning the trashcans, leaving only the clean green caps upon his and Sarge’s heads? Perhaps it should be noted that the “clean” trashcans appear to be a lighter shade of brown than the dirty one Beetle is currently scrubbing. And why is the only use of red on top of one of the scrubbing brushes? A subtle symbol of past acts of violence perpetrated upon Beetle by Sarge?

…Or maybe this poor kid just had three crayons.

image from Beetle Bailey #106 (July 1974)

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