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Sarge Dreams #2

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, November 28, 1965.

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, November 28, 1965.

The second Beetle Bailey Sunday page that featured a dream sequence was done twenty-one months after the first one (see previous post). This episode featured a parody of the opening narration of the 1941 Fleischer Studio cartoon: “Up in the sky, look – It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s Superman!” These lines were also used in The Adventures of Superman television program that ran from 1952 to 1958. Superman’s familiar “S” logo appears on Sarge’s Union Suit and his alter ego, Clark Kent, is referenced. In a clever twist on the formula used in subsequent pages, it turns out in the end that Beetle was the one who was doing the dreaming.
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Sarge Dreams #1

Beetle Bailey Sunday page, February 9, 1964.

Beetle Bailey Sunday page, February 9, 1964.

In 1964, Mort Walker and Jerry Dumas came up with a new character dimension for Sergeant Snorkel. Readers were now able to share his vivid dreams and fantasies.

In the Sunday page above he transforms into “Sarge!” a superhero with abilities far beyond the powers of mortal men. In the end, it turns out Sarge is just having a dream triggered by the comic books and pizza he consumed before going to sleep.
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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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