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Exhibition Comic Art: 120 Years of Panels and Pages

Walt Kelly (1913–1973). Pogo. “Phoo—My Voice Is All Puckered Out from Hollerin’ ‘Pogo,’” April 12, 1953. India ink and blue pencil drawing. Gift of Walt Kelly, 1954. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (011.00.00) © OGPI, Inc. LC-DIG-ppmsca-65011
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Walt Kelly (1913–1973). Pogo. “What in the Everlovin’ World Is You A-Studyin’, Albert?” August 5, 1951. India ink and blue pencil drawing. Gift, Walt Kelly, 1954. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (011.01.00) © OGPI, Inc. LC-DIG-acd-2a09878
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Pogo and the Swamp

Walt Kelly initially created the characters of the Okefenokee Swamp for Dell’s comic book Animal Stories in 1941 and then placed them in a newspaper comic strip in 1948. Kelly’s love of language and irrepressible sense of humor allowed him “to have fun and make money at the same time.” Here, several animals, including Albert Alligator, the turtle Churchy LaFemme, Howland Owl, and the diapered infant groundhog, Grundoon, search for the title character, an opossum named Pogo. In the second comic strip shown here, Albert Alligator—barely able to read—decides to cook by using Mother Goose rhymes as a recipe, while a skeptical Pogo watches comments, and winces.

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