Friday, March 16, 2001
A comic strip that sang
If Walt Kelly had written "regular" books, he might be recognized today as one of the finest satirists of the 20th century. As a wizard of wordplay he might well be mentioned, if not in the same breath with Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear, then in the very next.
But he didn't. He drew a comic strip, which was then, as now, a low estate, and most of the books he produced were compilations of his strip, "Pogo," featuring Pogo Possum, Albert the Alligator and a whole raft of animals inhabiting Kelly's highly imaginative rendering of Georgia's Okefenokee Swamp. And so Kelly, while not exactly an obscure figure, is remembered primarily by a fiercely loyal band of enthusiasts.
Chicago Sunday Times
posted by Marco Graziosi 3:21 PM