Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, September 20, 1959.
In this vintage Sunday page from 1959, Sarge’s dog Otto has a starring role. Mort Walker loves to feature visual humor in Beetle Bailey and Otto’s determined car chasing provides some great action scenes. Otto was still wearing a basic dog shirt with sergeant stripes at this point in his development.
Beetle Bailey daily strip, February 28, 1957.
In the previous post we documented how Otto made his debut in Beetle Bailey in 1956. Above and below are three more examples from the late 1950s that show the strong bond between Sarge and his canine companion.
This strip is the first time Otto was shown in a uniform but it wouldn’t be for another eleven years until he starting wearing one on a regular basis.
In 1956, a new character joined the cast of Beetle Bailey. Otto’s official debut is shown in the strip below.
Beetle Bailey daily strip, July 17, 1956.
Mort Walker looked back on the creation of Otto for The Best of Beetle Bailey in 1984. “Every boy should have a dog, as the saying goes, to teach him love, responsibility and to turn around three times before he lies down. Sarge being a boy at heart, deserved a dog. But did he deserve Otto?”