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Home for the Holidays 2003 – Part 1

Beetle took his first furlough home to visit his family in 1952. The introductory set of daily strips in this series can be seen at: http://beetlebailey.com/2015/08/21/the-first-furlough-part-1/

To complete the story from 1952, click the “next” button in the upper right-hand corner of the web page to see the following two posts.

In April 1954, Beetle went home again and visited his sister Lois and her husband Hi. They became the stars of their own strip six months later.
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Otto – Part Four

Beetle Bailey daily strip, December 17, 1965.

Beetle Bailey daily strip, December 17, 1965.

A decade after his first appearance, Otto was still very much a conventional cartoon dog, walking on all fours and biting Beetle, as the strip above demonstrates.

Beetle Bailey daily strip, April 21, 1966.

Beetle Bailey daily strip, April 21, 1966.

That changed in 1969 when Sarge decided to have his dog work in the office as an assistant. The strip below was the first time Otto appeared in a uniform.
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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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