Timeline – 1966 Part 2

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, May 8, 1966.

This page stars Julius, a character who was first introduced in the mid-1960s but is rarely seen today. Some readers had the misperception that he was gay. Although he has some effeminate personality traits, his sexual orientation has never been addressed in the strip.
(more…)

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.
(more…)