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In Brian Walker's book,"The Comics since 1945" ,the first thing said about Walt Kelly is,"One of the most versatile talents ever to work in the medium,Walt Kelly mastered all of the art form's tools and techniques. He was adept at flights of fantasy as well as biting political satire. He loved clever wordplay and penned lines of nonsense and thought-provoking philosophy. Intellectuals praised 'Pogo' for its literary content,and children delighted in the strip's visual slapstick and enchanting whimsy. With his facile brush, Kelly conjured up a world filled with talking animals and evocative scenery."
Kelly was born in 1913,graduated from High School in 1930,worked as a reporter and cartoonist for his hometown newspaper in Bridgeport,Conn. In 1935, he went west to seek his fortune in the animation business. 5 years at Walt Disney Studios working on 'Pinocchio,Fantasia,and Dumbo',honed his talents, and he went back east and worked on a number of strips,including,Our...
This is one of the densest Pogo books I've come across.
Dialogue The dialogue is extremely well-developed in all three books. I felt like there were a few less absurdities of speech that the characters are known for, but perhaps they're just more precisely used. In many places, conversations between characters are so full of witticisms that pages must be re-read a few times to pick up the subtleties. The collection as a whole also delivers some of the best one-liners I've come across. Brother Bear's, "What's this, concentrated dead whale?" springs to mind.
Illustrations I'm not sure where this collection falls on the Pogo timeline, but like the dialogue, it appears to be at the height of Kelly's genius. In many places, panels are sparsely illustrated to allow room for the dialogue. In the larger panels though, it's as lush and detailed as ever. One of my favorite aspects of Kelly's art is the characters' expressions, especially Churchy and...
I started reading Walt Kelly's POGO books as a child. I thought they were funny then. As I grew to adulthood I realized the levels of humor that Kelly had built into his strips. He was a brilliant political cartoonist and I still enjoy reading his books and discovering the depth of his skewering of the political elite. They just keep getting better and better.
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