February 5th, 2021
Sarge’s dog Otto, a fan favorite in the strip, has a long history.
He made his first appearance on July 16, 1956. To see that episode, click the link below.
In the beginning, Otto wore a simple shirt with sergeant stripes. In one strip from 1958 he was shown in full uniform but it wasn’t for another eleven years that this changed permanently.
Otto’s star status was showcased in this Sunday page from 1959.
Otto started assisting Sarge in the office in 1969 and donned his trademark outfit, which he as worn ever since.
Otto continues to be one of the most popular characters in Beetle Bailey.
In this Sunday page from 2019, we had some fun imagining how Sarge originally adopted Otto.
We will continue featuring strips from the 1980s, so stay tooned.
– Brian Walker
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