Pogo The Complete Syndicated Comic Strips Vol Through the Wild Blue Wonder 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 Kelly s interest in slapstick and the comedies popular in t

  • Title: Pogo: The Complete Syndicated Comic Strips, Vol. 1: Through the Wild Blue Wonder
  • Author: Walt Kelly Jimmy Breslin
  • ISBN: 9781560978695
  • Page: 299
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 Kelly s interest in slapstick and the comedies popular in the 1930s By the second year, Kelly begins to test the waters of political satire.

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      American animator and cartoonist best known for the classic funny animal comic strip, Pogo He won the National Cartoonists Society s Reuben Award in 1951 for Cartoonist of the Year, and their Silver T Square Award in 1972, given to persons having demonstrated outstanding dedication or service to the Society or the profession.

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    1. Kelly sure came out swinging right from the beginning. Though there are limitations and repetition here (Albert manages to swallow or seem to swallow quite a number of other creatures, for instance), the strip's greatness is evident pretty much from the jump. The art's expressive, complex, detailed, supple, you name it--but mainly, it's a joy to look at. It's frequently laugh out loud funny and always (well, usually) amusing. The strip's famous political satire is little in evidence here, though [...]

    2. This collection of the first two years (starting in the New York Star in 1948 and then as a syndicated strip in 1949 through the end of 1950) of Pogo’s publication as a newspaper comic strip shows why the antics of the animal inhabitants of the Okefenokee Swamp became so popular so quickly and remained so until their creator’s death in 1973. Kelly’s lively draftsmanship and superb brush strokes combined with the careful composition of the panels are visual masterpieces of the cartoonist’ [...]

    3. Before anyone blasts me for heresy here, here's my poop on Pogo. It's ultimately groundbreaking in style and substance; Walt Kelly's artwork is detailed and frequently not only whimsical, but beautiful when neither overly busy nor mere talking heads simplistic. His characters and plotting often indulge in sharp satire of figures ranging from red-baiter Joe McCarthy to LBJ, and Kelly is rightfully lionized in and elsewhere. From the mid-60's to about 1971 or 1972, Kelly was at the top of his for [...]

    4. I've always read newspaper comics, but only began to explore back history in the last three years. I think this is the best comic I have ever read. The artwork is incredible, with sharp lines and detailed environments throughout. The characters act as they should, even when they surprise you. The dialect is dense and forces you to read for accent, which never really feels like a hassle. And goodness is the humor richKelly works multiple gags in nearly every strip; sometimes they will meet in the [...]

    5. If you just want an introduction to Walt Kelly's Pogo, you're probably best off with Ten Ever-Lovin' Blue-Eyed Years With Pogo, but as a fan of many years' standing, I must say I was drawn into reading (mostly rereading) the strip from day one, May 16, 1949, a lot more easily than I expected. I learned from the introduction that the Simon & Schuster collections I had supposed to contain the complete daily strips, plus some connecting panels added by Kelly for the sake of continuity, had in f [...]

    6. I was eager to compare this recently published first volume of the complete collected Pogo strips with the original Pogo collection published in 1951. I wanted to know if anything was left out of the older publication, and I got my answer: lots. Mostly smaller little episodes, within larger narratives, for example when Pogo and the gang decide to run a newspaper, we get this little interlude with two birds, which didn't appear in the original book:So much for my plan to read through Walt Kelly's [...]

    7. Great collection, lovely art. More charming than laugh-out-loud funny - it’s actually rather interesting how these strips rarely follow contemporary three-panel punchline structures - but still very enjoyable.

    8. Pogo as a newspaper strip was before my time, but I remember Bill Watterson giving it high praise in some of his "Calvin and Hobbes" anthologies, and I was excited to be able to finally sample it in collected form. It was definitely worth picking up. Pogo creator Walt Kelly is a master cartoonist; he packs just the amount of lively detail in his Disney-influenced characters. Action and facial expressions are both in his wheelhouse. The humor is good too, with lots of silly wordplay and backwoods [...]

    9. I grew up reading Pogo in the newspaper, and the strip was especially beloved in our household because my father knew Walt Kelly. Alas, I never met him (or any of my father's other famous friends, for that matter), but we treasured the drawing he sent my father when my sister was born. Even without the family connection, I am sure we would all have loved Pogo, the strip is pure genius. I remember being shocked when my favorite aunt told me she never read Pogo (she said she didn't care for "funny [...]

    10. I’ve been on a bit of old comics kick recently, what with the Carl Barks volume I just read and the two Popeye collections I have checked out from the library. Another strip I thought I should check out was Pogo, a popular enough strip to have lasted about twenty-five years, but probably not so well-known these days. I really didn’t know much about it, but I’ve heard good things from people with similar tastes, so I figured it was worth a shot. I have to say I find it a bit weird, but plea [...]

    11. Caterpiggle! Pogo was a classic newspaper comic strip, well before my time. My first exposure to Pogo was in the University of Florida student newspaper during the 1990s (the football stadium is called 'The Swamp' and the characters in Pogo live in a swamp; the UF mascot is Albert the alligator and one of the main characters in Pogo is an alligator named Albert). These are wonderful comics that touch on a range of social, political, and environmental themes (of the 1950s and 1960s) but the main [...]

    12. My dad was a huge fan of "Pogo". During the holidays, he would always be singing a Pogo-ized carol, like "Deck us all with Tom and Charlie". Pogo was before my time, so I had never read it. I have been on a comic-strip tear for a while now, reading treasuries of "Pearls Before Swine", "FoxTrot" and most recently "Krazy Kat". When I saw that Fantagraphics was putting out compilations of "Pogo," I thought I'd try it. And I enjoyed this volume.Since the comic strip (or at least the ones in this vol [...]

    13. The swampdweller dialect charms my pants off. I love reading it. My favorite character is Porkypine. The sagas never have a grim ending which is not what I expect so the story constantly surprises me. The bold illustration attracts your eyes.The whole strip is entertaining! I like the imperfect, hand-drawn panels and the word balloons that bleed across panels. I wish there were more wordless strips. The puns are always terrible and great. Pup dog is my second-favorite character because while the [...]

    14. Picked this up via word of mouth. It's been getting non-stop praise. That said, it is a humour strip so I was a little leery of it since I suspected 50 year old topical humour probably wouldn't translate well. I was wrong, this book was a delight in every way. Gorgeous art on both the dailies and the colour Sunday strips, it's also laugh out loud funny. My only complaint is it's hard not to talk like a critter from the swamps after reading. Fantagraphics continues to do no wrong in their classic [...]

    15. This book is a compilation of the Walt Kelly POGO comic strip from 1949 and 1950. If you remember POGO then you already love him and Churchy and Albert and Beauregard and (my favorite, the lovely Mam'selle Hepzibah (introduced 10/1950) and all the wonderful characters from the Okefenokee Swamp. Taken as satire, it is spot on, taken as fun they make us laugh. Walt Kelly was an original and so are his beloved characters from the Swamp. And if you've never read them, you are in for a delightful rea [...]

    16. Fantagraphics' first volume of the complete Pogo is finally here! It's gorgeous. (And unless my memory is fooling me - which it could be - I'm pretty sure I was still at Century when I first preordered it, which means I actually ordered it at least 5 and a half years ago. usually cancels preorders when something is indefinitely delayed. Why they kept this order alive for over 4-1/2 years I don't know, but I saved some extra money - it was cheaper when I ordered it so I got it for less than half [...]

    17. I don't even know what to rate! The material is (of course) the earliest and, while terrifically enjoyable, nowhere near his strongest as he begins to feel out the medium. I suppose I'd give it 4 stars on its own. The production side of this, however, is simply amazing - a labor of love which cuts no corners and even provides a modicum of both commentary and context (what's there is great, but folks like myself would welcome even more). Inclusion of the pre-syndication dailies was an unexpected [...]

    18. Pogo is one of those truly classic comic strips and this book is an amazing collection containing all the swamp critters a person can imagine. This book contains not only the black and white dailies but a complete collection of the Sunday funnies as they originally appeared. There is even a ton of information on the artist Walt Kelly and how he went about developing this amazing comic. This book is almost like a time capsule that captures an era when comics were actually an art form that was use [...]

    19. The strips themselves are good, but not great at this point. Kelly's love of word play and slapstick is already present, and the art is already stunning (and largely reproduced well), but he's not yet commenting on the world around him.Fantagraphics has done a terrific job assembling this book and reproducing the strips, particularly difficult given the lack of original art. I'm definitely looking forward to future volumes to see how the strip develops.

    20. Deck us all in Boston Charlie! The minute I saw that this book was being released, I knew I had to get a copy. I think I love the "Pogo" comic strips now more than I did when I was a teenager. Everything in this book was originally published even long before that. So some of the current events commentary flew over my head. (Note: there is a section in the back explaining some of that). Fun stuff and wonderful drawings.

    21. I've always loved Pogo. They're now publishing all of them in book form. This volume covers the first 2 years.I had to space out reading this. A lot of the plots are very repetitious and Albert's greed gets tiresome.I do like that there's often more than one thing going on at once, with small characters having their own discussion or interaction completely oblivious to the main storyline.I can't wait for more to be published.

    22. Recommended to me by an older gentleman who passed the library circulation desk on his way out with Volume 3 of this series. "I know you're young, but if you ever get a chance, you should try these books!" Took me a bit to get the humor (the characters basically have their own swamp dialect), but paid off with a fair amount of giggles eventually. I'm sure I'll never understand some of the finer points of why these are quality comics, but I found them enjoyable.

    23. A terrific series of strips dedicated to wisest citizen of the Okefenokee, Pogo Possum. This volume, and Volume Two, take the strip through 1952, before Kelly began to seriously joust with politicians of the day. There's a smidgen of that here, but these early cartoons are more about the multitude of creatures--with human characteristics we all recognize--in the swamp. It's not until the late '50's and '60's that the hilarious political caricatures take over.

    24. I awaited this collection for a very long time, and it didn't disappoint. Walt Kelly is one of the masters of sequential art; I can't think of a single current newspaper comic strip that matches his art, even in the early form in this collection. And even though the political satire is muted in these first two years, there are hints of what's to come.

    25. In many ways, Walt Kelly's "Pogo" is the spiritual father to Berkeley Breathed's "Bloom County." At first, the strip was just another funny animal comic, but Kelly soon began to use his cute little critters to sneak social commentary onto the comics pages of the daily paper at a time when such editorial depth was uncommon.

    26. The years covered in this anthology (late 40s, early 50s) come before Pogo got very political. There is a series that parodies the McCarthy hearings, but I had to read in the notes to tell that (either really subtle, or I'm really dumb). But Pogo and his pals are funny and don't come across as terribly dated (time is eternal in a swamp).

    27. These are the books my father used to teach me to read. But I think they stand on their own merit. I found them to be even funnier than I remembered, especially the sequence where the fox rents Albert to some church mice I'm waiting for the next volume!

    28. As an avid Walt Kelly fan I am very happy with this beautiful series. This first book has an introduction about Walt Kelly and his artwork. It shows the original art with the blue pencils and Kelly's great inks with brush. Finally all of the dailies of Pogo will be published.

    29. Finally released after a several year wait, this book was absolutely worth the wait. Top quality presentation (considering the price), plenty of background material and, of course, the first five years of comics from one of the finest practitioners of the form.

    30. The first years of the Pogo comic strip. I just love Walt Kelly’s cute drawing style, and the writing is funny and charming. The world was a different place in 1950, so to have these comics be just as good to read today is a great feat.

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