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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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Santa and Sarge

Beetle Bailey Sunday page, December 19, 1999.

Beetle Bailey Sunday page, December 19, 1999.

Many comic strips focus on holiday themes throughout the month of December with episodes about shopping, decorating, feasting on food, sending cards and exchanging gifts. At Camp Swampy, life goes on as usual, with the solidiers engaging in the typical activities they do throughout the year. A nod to the holiday usually only appears on Christmas Day.
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