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Otto – Part Three

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, September 20, 1959.

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.
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Otto – Part Two

Beetle Bailey daily strip, 1957.

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.
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Two Survivors

In addition to characters in Beetle Bailey that were dropped after they failed to generate consistent gag ideas (see previous post), there have been other cast members that survived but only appear rarely in the strip today.

Cosmo

COSMO

Beetle Bailey daily strip, September 28, 1956.

Beetle Bailey daily strip, September 28, 1956.

COSMO (above). This character was inspired by the role that actor William Holden played in the 1953 movie Stalag 17. He was such an operator he could get his hands on anything, even in a prison camp. Cosmo is also similar to the World War II profiteer Milo Minderbender in Joseph Heller’s 1961 novel Catch-22. Cosmo continues to set up shop in the barracks and beat his buddies at poker.
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