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Pogo: Through the Wild Blue Wonder: The Complete Syndicated Comic Strips, Volume 1

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Publisher Comments:

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.

Review:

"This exceptional first volume of the collected adventures of Pogo Possum should remind readers of the substantial legacy left behind by Kelly. It features Kelly's daily strips (1949 — 1950), Sunday funnies (1950), and even his earlier New York Star dailies (1948 — 1949). The volume is beautifully put together, including excellent insights into Kelly and his work, and features a foreword by Jimmy Breslin and a concluding section, 'Swamp Talk,' featuring annotations by comics historian R.C. Harvey. One only needs to get a short way into the adventures of Pogo and his pals in Okefenokee Swamp to recognize the impact Pogo has had on so many cartoonists, with Gary Trudeau, Jeff Smith, and Bill Watterson among the most obvious. With Pogo Possum and supporting characters Albert Alligator, Howland Owl, and Churchy LaFemme, Kelly was able to blend hilarious humor, exceptional storytelling, keen political satire, and brilliant wordplay into a strip that could be appreciated both by children and adults. The more one reads this volume, the clearer picture one has of Kelly as comics' answer to Lewis Carroll, with Alice having changed into a possum and left Wonderland behind for a swamp." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

This first volume reprints the first two years of the famed comic strip. The earliest strips embrace a kind of broad farce that reflectS Walt Kellys interest in slapstick and the comedies popular in the 1930s. By the second year, Kelly begins to test the waters of political satire.

Synopsis:

The Complete Pogo, at last!

Synopsis:

The first volume of the second-most requested strip collection reprint in Fantagraphics' history.

Synopsis:

Walt Kelly started his career at age 13 in Connecticut as a cartoonist and reporter for the Bridgeport Post. In 1935, he movedto Los Angeles and joined the Walt Disney Studio, where heworked on classic animated films, including Pinocchio, Dumbo, and Fantasia. Rather than take sides in a bitter labor strike, hemoved 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 secondaryplayer 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 widelycherished among casual readers and aficionados alike. Kelly blended nonsense language, poetry, and political and social satire to make Pogo an essential contribution toAmerican intellectual comics. As the strip progressed, it became a hilarious platform for Kelly's scathing politicalviews in which he skewered national bogeymen like J. Edgar Hoover, Joseph McCarthy, George Wallace, and RichardNixon. Kelly started when newspaper strips shied away from politics — Pogo was ahead of its time and ahead of laterstrips (such as Doonesbury and The Boondocks) that tackled political issues. Our first 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, BeauregardBugleboy, 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 (the first of twelve), which is produced with the full cooperation ofKelly's heirs, include an extensive biographical introduction by Kelly biographer Steve Thompson, a section explainingsome of the more obscure current references, and more.

About the Author

Walt Kelly was born in 1913 and passed away in 1973.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781560978695
Subtitle:
Through the Wild Blue Wonder: The Complete Syndicated Comic Strips, Volume 1
Author:
Kelly, Walt
Introduction by:
Breslin, Jimmy
Introduction:
Breslin, Jimmy
Designed by:
Smith, Jeff
Designed:
Smith, Jeff
Author:
Breslin, Jimmy
Author:
Harvey, R. C.
Author:
Smith, Jeff
Author:
Thompson, Steve
Publisher:
Fantagraphics Books
Subject:
Comics & Cartoons
Subject:
Form - Comic Strips & Cartoons
Subject:
Cartoons
Subject:
Humor-Cartoon Comics
Copyright:
Series:
Walt Kelly's Pogo
Series Volume:
The Complete Daily a
Publication Date:
December 2010
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
360
Dimensions:
8 x 10 in

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Product details 360 pages Fantagraphics Books - English 9781560978695 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This exceptional first volume of the collected adventures of Pogo Possum should remind readers of the substantial legacy left behind by Kelly. It features Kelly's daily strips (1949 — 1950), Sunday funnies (1950), and even his earlier New York Star dailies (1948 — 1949). The volume is beautifully put together, including excellent insights into Kelly and his work, and features a foreword by Jimmy Breslin and a concluding section, 'Swamp Talk,' featuring annotations by comics historian R.C. Harvey. One only needs to get a short way into the adventures of Pogo and his pals in Okefenokee Swamp to recognize the impact Pogo has had on so many cartoonists, with Gary Trudeau, Jeff Smith, and Bill Watterson among the most obvious. With Pogo Possum and supporting characters Albert Alligator, Howland Owl, and Churchy LaFemme, Kelly was able to blend hilarious humor, exceptional storytelling, keen political satire, and brilliant wordplay into a strip that could be appreciated both by children and adults. The more one reads this volume, the clearer picture one has of Kelly as comics' answer to Lewis Carroll, with Alice having changed into a possum and left Wonderland behind for a swamp." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , This first volume reprints the first two years of the famed comic strip. The earliest strips embrace a kind of broad farce that reflectS Walt Kellys interest in slapstick and the comedies popular in the 1930s. By the second year, Kelly begins to test the waters of political satire.
"Synopsis" by , The Complete Pogo, at last!
"Synopsis" by , The first volume of the second-most requested strip collection reprint in Fantagraphics' history.
"Synopsis" by , Walt Kelly started his career at age 13 in Connecticut as a cartoonist and reporter for the Bridgeport Post. In 1935, he movedto Los Angeles and joined the Walt Disney Studio, where heworked on classic animated films, including Pinocchio, Dumbo, and Fantasia. Rather than take sides in a bitter labor strike, hemoved 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 secondaryplayer 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 widelycherished among casual readers and aficionados alike. Kelly blended nonsense language, poetry, and political and social satire to make Pogo an essential contribution toAmerican intellectual comics. As the strip progressed, it became a hilarious platform for Kelly's scathing politicalviews in which he skewered national bogeymen like J. Edgar Hoover, Joseph McCarthy, George Wallace, and RichardNixon. Kelly started when newspaper strips shied away from politics — Pogo was ahead of its time and ahead of laterstrips (such as Doonesbury and The Boondocks) that tackled political issues. Our first 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, BeauregardBugleboy, 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 (the first of twelve), which is produced with the full cooperation ofKelly's heirs, include an extensive biographical introduction by Kelly biographer Steve Thompson, a section explainingsome of the more obscure current references, and more.
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