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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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Friends Forever

Beetle and Sarge by Mort Walker. Limited Edition Comic Art print, Harry N. Abrams, 1978.

Beetle and Sarge by Mort Walker. Limited edition comic art print, Harry N. Abrams, 1978.

In 1978, Harry N. Abrams collaborated with the Newspaper Comics Council to produce a series of limited edition comic art prints by twenty of America’s top cartoonists. Each artist created a unique illustration that featured their most well-known characters.
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