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built in feature which makes it very easy to forget things One reason for this is as time passes the number people who were present for those events decreases over time With fewer first hand counts we need to dig through artifacts of those past times and frankly that s hard so usually we will lazily accept whatever the accepted narrative of a particular time is Whenthe built in
I was a kid my ideas of my mother s childhoodwas a kid my ideas of my mother s childhood was born in the 50s were filled in by the Leave It to Beavers Father Knows Bests and Donna Reed Shows of the world These television shows presented a sanitized view of 1950s America where the worst could happen would be that the Beavers of the world would steal a penny candy from the local druggist only to be found out and given a life lesson lecture by Ward to close the show Of course as a grade school kid watching these reruns on the local UHF channel I had no concept of On the Road Naked Lunch and Howl the smoldering sexuality presented by the likes of James Dean Marilyn Monroe and a oung Marlon Brando or the civilization shattering idea of Elvis Presley shaking his hips while singing on The Ed Sullivan Show Instead thanks to 50s television I just bought the accepted notion that everyone liked Ike and dissent wasn t a thing that existedOf course with age comes wisdom and eventually if NJM Forms Government 1979: The Grenada Chronicles you dig enoughou find out that the sanitized view of culture often has its own political ramifications By the time I was watching those old 50s sitcoms in my tween Gardiens des Cits perdues - tome 7 Rminiscences (07) years the Beavers of the world had become the parents and they likely had their own reasons for trying to portray the world of their childhood in this way I worked under the impression that my parents generation had perfect lives my parents lives and the suicide of one of my mom s friends shattered that view inexorably in myoung adulthood I wonder how I could ever have been so naive Unfortunately in post World War II America the narrative of a country still divided by racism didn t fit with the preferred narrative of a white bread America defender of the free world Sexuality would only undermine this notion of the nuclear family of a mom a dad and 25 children although since Lucy and Desi didn t share a bed where did that baby come from anyway This was the age of Seduction of the Innocent and the Comics Code Authority so censorship was in full swing won t someone think of the children With all of this mind if there was going to be a voice of dissent why not put it in plain sightEnter Pogo By the time Walt Kelly started working on the syndicated Pogo newspaper strip in 1950 he effectively had given himself a daily soap box to espouse his personal politics and philosophy However in the 50s ou. In November of 2011 Fantagraphics released the first volume of its much anticipated long promised series reprinting in its entirety the syndicated run of Walt Kelly s classic newspaper strip Pogo Pogo Through the Wild Blue Wonder immediately became the company s best selling book of the last five ears Exactly one The Devil of Nanking year later the second volume Pogo Bona Fide Balderdash will be released featuring all the strips from 1951 and 1952 With sources found for the elusive strips in the past our scheduling downfall we re confident that these collections will become an annual affair Even though Pogo had been in syndication for less than twoears as this volume begins Kelly s long professional experience including seven ears creating Pogo stories for comic books had him at the pe. Just couldn t come out and say it so Kelly dressed it up
In Cute Woodland Creatures Ofcute woodland creatures of kind that had started his career at Disney and then was deft enough to layer the strips in such
a way that what looked innocuous was actually subversive as hell Take the I Go Pogo arcway that what looked innocuous was actually subversive as hell Take the I Go Pogo arc takes a good part of the 1952 dailies This became popular at universities and ushered in a series of Kelly speaking at universities and as a result growing the readership of Pogo in the process But the joke here is that I Go Pogo is as vacuous a campaign slogan as i like ike which campaign slogan as I Like Ike which t really communicate anything important about the candidate and has been re used ad nauseum by the likes of Jeb Bush JEB and my local Cleveland favorite Dennis Kucinich Dennis Of course this slogan and associated campaign pins lead to the swamp denizens trying to draft Pogo into running for President of what I m not even certain the citizens of Okefenokee know and hilarity ensues As I stated in my review of the previous volume these techniues would later be used in strips like Bloom County but unlike that strip Kelly subtly weaves his political dissent in a strip that sometimes becomes so strange that it disarms its targets in the processUnfortunately in the ears since Kelly s death in 1973 we collective we here have mostly forgotten about Pogo Unlike Charlie Brown Pogo never became the ubiuitous star of stage and screen jumping from the newspaper page Like I stated in that previous review had it not been for Alan Moore s run on Swamp Thing I might not even have gone down this path which would be a shame since Kelly has had as much influence on comics as Schulz Moore and Will Eisner among others Masterful I Go Pogo for the poignancy of the characters relations the ridiculous situations the multitude of fractured historical geographical and political references the pseudo scientific foo fa rah and just for being loveable Read the biographical and explanatory material surrounding the comics as well it is not to be missed I was brought to tears by the personal story behind Kathryn B in the December 8 1952 strip and rereading it made me love the characters and the artist even I hate that I have to wait a ear for volume 3 The dailies pick up in the summer of 1952 as Kelly begins early broad political satire but I had a hard time getting into the majority of the strips reprinted here Most of the humor comes through as somewhat juvenile and somewhat cornball and the combination doesn t connect for me Great classic newspaper comics Volume two of Fantagraphics projected complete run of Kelly s Pogo offers some landmark moments notably the first Pogo for President campaign and the introduction of PT Bridgeport and his amazingly expressive letter. Ak of his powers and this book features page after page of gorgeously drawn hilarious vaudevillian dialogue and action among the swamp denizens as well as Kelly s increasingly sharp tongued political satire especially on display during the 1952 election season Kelly was famous for his prolific creation of recurring characters and by the end of this second volume the count will already have topped over one hundred New arrivals include Tammanany the Tiger the voluble PT Bridgeport the sinister Sarcophagus MacAbre with his funereal speech balloons Uncle Antler the bull moose and Bewitched Bothered and Bemildred the adorable trio of bats The two ears of daily strips in this volume have been collected before but in now long out of print books; and even there they were not.
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strong and funny with no shortage of political and social satire bubbling beneath the innocuous surface insofarand funny with no shortage of political and social satire bubbling beneath the innocuous surface insofar story after story about characters duping and even threatening to eat each other can be seen to be innocuous The Sunday pages are a delight to look at but also as some other reviewers have noted seem slighter when measured against the dailies Kelly always foregrounded humour but the Sundays tend a bit towards the lightly whimsical The most disappointing feature of this book are R C Harvey s desultory annotations Some offer worthwhile or at least interesting insights but he seems not to have invested a lot of effort in them For every reference he annotates there are a couple he leaves out and the choices do not always seem to me to be eually important That s mainly a uibble though I adore Walt Kelly s work but this volume happens to contain a relatively poor stretch of it The dailies are burdened with the bear P T Bridgeport who speaks in circus poster fonts and the I Go Pogo campaign of 1952 The Sundays are played relentlessly for gags but fall short of funny again and again I made it through two thirds of the doldrums of the dailies before jumping ship to the Sundays and I m not going to get halfway through those These Pogo collections take me about a Convaincre en moins de 2 minutes year to read because they are DENSE Verbally and visually there s not a corner that isn t full of some little gag or detail and so they resolutely cannot be skimmed I ll read a few pages every few days and I m so overwhelmed by the sheer scale and consistency of Kelly s inventiveness that I take a break Mindou this is a criticism of myself as a reader not of Kelly as a comic strip artist I can only imagine what joy Pogo must have provided in daily increments framed by lesser strips providing time and space to soak it in and ruminate before the next morning s installment In book form Catwoman you can t read just one but several pages can be exhausting But it s also enriching and powerful like lifting weights in comic form Okay I m rambling More laughs Great comedy and artistry You will enjoy this collection It made me laugh out loud very witty Good poetry in places This volume introduces the political bombast of PT Bridgeport and the all holiday herald Bun Rab We also meet a pair of Communist cow birds and are treated to one of the best storylines so far when Wiley Catt and the vulture Sarcophagus MacAbre work to turn public opinion against Churchy La Femme the turtle so that he ll be executed and eaten 1952 is also theear I go Pogo became a political slogan The Sunday strips in this collection are not as impressive the storylines tend to drag and seem afterthoughts in comparison with the dailie. As meticulously restored
AND REPRODUCED AS IN NEWreproduced as in this new Bona Fide Balderdash also reprints literally for the first time ever in full color the two full ears of Sunday pages also carefully restored and color corrected shot from the finest copies available This second volume is once again edited and designed by the cartoonist s daughter Carolyn Kelly who is also handling much of the restoration work It includes a new introduction by the legendary author recording artist and satirist Stan Freberg who was not only a friend of Kelly s but the voice of Albert the Alligator in the I Go Pogo Pogo for President movie There will also be extensive annotations by comic strip historian and expert RC Harvey as well as additional historical information from writer Mark Evanier. ,