by Mort Walker
Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, September 11, 1966. John D. Cosmo first appeared in Beetle Bailey in 1955. He was the camp capitalist who ran his own store, “Cosmo’s Korner,” where he sold soda, cigarettes, greeting cards, music, magazines, and used equipment as well as services like dating advice, loans, letter writing and shoe shines. His role was similar to the one played by Milo Minderbender in Joseph Heller’s classic novel Catch-22, published in 1961. Cosmo was also a pool hustler and a card shark. Here is a link to a previous post about Cosmo that details his creation: http://beetlebailey.com/2017/02/24/timeline-1961-part-2/ This is what he looked like in 1962. In the episode above Cosmo discovers a new way to make money by selling a snack that it is in high demand in the barracks. His store switches over to all peanuts, all the time. In the final panel, Mort Walker gives a nod to one of his fellow comics creators. We are not sure if Charles Schulz ever acknowledged this tribute. Next week our Timeline series will move on to 1967, so stay tooned. – Brian Walker

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