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Pogo Vol. 1 & 2 Box Set (Vol. 1&2) (Walt Kelly's Pogo) Hardcover – December 14, 2012


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  • Series: Walt Kelly's Pogo
  • Hardcover: 688 pages
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics; 1 edition (December 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606996290
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606996294
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 0.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Walt Kelly is the creator of the legendary Pogo comic strip. He was born in 1913 and passed away in 1973.

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A great collection beautifully put together.
A. Mckeeth
He has been a Pogo fan since reading Pogo during his childhood, after he came to the USA.
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If you're thinking about buying these books, quit thinking and just do it.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Shooshie on March 28, 2013
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Pogo, Volumes 1&2, are beautiful books. As I opened my just-arrived volumes, I was expecting just a basic hardbound book of comics. What I found was a pair of books full of love. Let me explain. As a child, I spent my summers on the family ranch, miles from anything, where reading material was pretty limited. There were, however, a small collection of Pogo books, so I read them over and over, every summer. I still have those books, though the bindings are rotting, and they are very special to me. I bought these reprints, thinking this would be a nice way to read Pogo without further damaging those old volumes. I really loved those old books, but I never figured that other people put such value on Pogo comics as I did. Why would they? It was rare that I even come across someone who recognizes Pogo quotes, such as "we have met the enemy and he is US!" or Deck us all with Boston Charlie.

So, when I opened the first volume of this set, I was unprepared for what I saw. Already the slipcover had impressed me. Beautifully done, with no advertising on it, fully covered with gorgeous color panels from Pogo. But the books themselves... Wonderful binding with embossed Walk Kelly art -- those ever present swamp trees -- opened to reveal typical Pogo endpapers, on luscious heavy paper that easily lays flat without any coaxing from the reader. The print is so crisp and perfect, you'd swear it was the original printing, maybe even better than the original. No crowding; three strips to the page, maximum. The pages are 9" tall by 11" wide, a generous format for horizontal comic strips. Everything about the books suggest that the people who got the artwork together, assembled and published them, truly love Pogo themselves. These are books that are made to please the people who made them.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Barb Wray on November 16, 2013
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This was a gift for my sweetheart, who loves anything Pogo. The books are nicely hardbound and filled with Walt Kelly's great prose and poetry and clear line drawings from the weekly strip and great color illustrations from the Sunday comics. The slip case is study and has a great cover. A total blast from the past and he LOVED it. A great gift for anyone who loved Pogo or who enjoys intelligent, thought-provoking humor.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Carlos A. Barbaro on December 26, 2012
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Thanks to Fantagraphics for this gorgeous package. But they surely could publish two editions by year instead of one, so we do not have to wait twelve years to see it completed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By James M. Hussey on May 26, 2013
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Set in the Okefenokee Swamp of the southeastern United States, the strip often engages in social and political satire through the adventures of its anthropomorphic funny animal characters.

Pogo combined both sophisticated wit and slapstick physical comedy in a heady mix of allegory, Irish poetry, literary whimsy, puns and wordplay, lushly detailed artwork and broad burlesque humor.

Revisit Albert Agitator, Pogo Possum, the turtle Churchy LaFemme, and Howland Owl, among others. One of my favorites was Sarcophagus MacAbre: a buzzard and the local mortician. "Doom Looms!"

I find myself using some of Kelly's nonstop malapropisms, fractured grammar, "creative" spelling and mangled polysyllables such as "incredibobble" and "hysteriwockle," plus invented words such as the exasperated exclamations "Bazz Fazz!," "Rowrbazzle!" and "Moomph!" Nobody understands.

Or when I get the Christmas spirit and quote Kelly's popular song: Deck us all with Boston Charlie.

Deck us all with Boston Charlie,
Walla Walla, Wash., an' Kalamazoo!
Nora's freezin' on the trolley,
Swaller dollar cauliflower alley-garoo!

Then there is the political commentary with a wildcat named "Simple J. Malarkey," an obvious caricature of Senator Joseph McCarthy; communist leaders Fidel Castro, who appeared as an agitator goat named Fido, and Nikita Khrushchev, who emerged as both an unnamed Russian bear and a pig.

In the early 1970s, Kelly used a collection of characters he called "the Bulldogs" to mock the secrecy and perceived paranoia of the Nixon administration. The Bulldogs included caricatures of J.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. Mckeeth on December 27, 2012
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A great collection beautifully put together. I wish they would come out with the other ten volumes faster than just one a year.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Karen Clodfelter on August 6, 2013
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I have fond memories of reading Pogo as a kid. I didn't understand all the political parts then. Reading them now is a fascinating look at society in the mid century through the eyes of Walt Kelly.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By william lindley on April 19, 2014
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Amazing product, the quality and presentation are fantastic. I read other reviews and found them to be right on target. Nothing negative from this happy Pogo fan.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By BBinEdmonds on September 2, 2013
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I second the previous review that pointed out for anyone getting this far into the reviews this collection is for them. Pogo is not like most comics strips, you can't sit down in one afternoon and read an entire collection. Each individual strip is to be savored in the manner of exotic wine tasting. The plethora of images and phrases from Pogo have settled into my unconscious and reappear almost daily. Somehow my own dog has become "pup dog" and "Gopher Urguns" continues to bring a smile.
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