Title : Pogo: The Complete Daily & Sunday Comic Strips, Vol. 1: Through the Wild Blue Wonder (v. 1)
ASIN : 1560978694
The first volume of the second-most requested strip collection reprint in Fantagraphics’ history.
Walt Kelly started his career at age 13 in Connecticut as a cartoonist and reporter for the Bridgeport Post. In 1935, he moved to Los Angeles and joined the Walt Disney Studio, where he worked on classic animated films, including Pinocchio, Dumbo, and Fantasia. Rather than take sides in a bitter labor strike, he moved back east in 1941 and began drawing comic books.
It was during this time that Kelly created Pogo Possum. The character first appeared in Animal Comics as a secondary player in the “Albert the Alligator” feature. It didn’t take long until Pogo became the comic’s leading character. After WWII, Kelly became artistic director at the New York Star, where he turned Pogo into a daily strip. By late 1949, Pogo appeared in hundreds of newspapers. Until his death in 1973, Kelly produced a feature that has become widely cherished among casual readers and aficionados alike.
Kelly blended nonsense language, poetry, and political and social satire to make Pogo an essential contribution to American “intellectual” comics. As the strip progressed, it became a hilarious platform for Kelly’s scathing political views in which he skewered national bogeymen like J. Edgar Hoover, Joseph McCarthy, George Wallace, and Richard Nixon. Walt Kelly started when newspaper strips shied away from politics — Pogo was ahead of its time and ahead of later strips (such as Doonesbury and The Boondocks) that tackled political issues. Our first (of 12) volume reprints approximately the first two years of Pogo — dailies and (for the first time) full-color Sundays.
This first volume also introduces such enduring supporting characters as Porkypine, Churchy LaFemme, Beauregard Bugleboy, Seminole Sam, Howland Owl, and many others. And for Christmas, 1949, Kelly started his tradition of regaling his readers with his infamously and gloriously mangled Christmas carols.
Special features in this sumptuous premiere volume, which is produced with the full cooperation of Kelly’s heirs, include a biographical introduction by Kelly biographer Steve Thompson, an extensive section by comics historian R. C. Harvey explaining some of the more obscure current references of the time, a foreword by legendary columnist Jimmy Breslin, and more. 32 pages of full-color and 320 pages of black-and-white comics
Category: Comic Strips
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Rating : 4.9
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Review : Magnificent!
Aaaaaaah. A great sigh of relief after the long wait for this edition. And now we understand the delay. The production quality is exceptional (paper, binding, print quality, etc.), the dust jacket frameable, and the format (size) allows for reproduction of the strips in their originally published size. The Sunday full-color strips are reproduced from Kelly’s original art! The binding in particular is superbly flexible in anticipation of much *much* use.
The editors have provided nice (brief) annotation of each strip, so that the immediate cultural context of Kelly’s strips is accessible to those — today and in the future — who did not have the exquisite experience of opening each day’s newspaper to a fresh Pogo strip that *slammed* the pretense of American life as we were living it.
As a fussy editor I am *so* impressed with this volume. And for a very reasonable price. Thank you Fantagraphics. Remember — while “ars longa est,” vita is too short. Please…