Beetle Bailey is a newspaper comic that started in , by Mort Walker. Originally it was about some people Walker went to college with, and was set in a university. However, when that idea didn't prove very successful he decided to change it into a military comic instead, drawing on Walker's experiences in the army. It's got an incredibly diverse cast that increases as the years go by, possibly in attempts to boost low ratings or to keep up with the times.
Griffin solemnly explained her father never realized he was the inspiration for the character that became Sgt. A rather portly and occasionally grouchy Sgt. Orville P. Snorkel has, for decades, tried to instill some discipline into the easygoing Beetle Bailey.