Beetle Bailey begun on September 4,  is an American comic strip created by cartoonist Mort Walker. It is set on a fictional United States Army post. In the years just before Walker's death in at age 94 , it was among the oldest comic strips still being produced by its original creator. Beetle was originally a college student at Rockview University. The characters in that early strip were modeled after Walker's Kappa Sigma fraternity brothers at the University of Missouri. On March 13, , during the strip's first year, Beetle quit school and enlisted in the U.