- Paperback: 96 pages
- Publisher: Simon and Schuster (1966)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0006BOUR2
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.4 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,858,581 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Walt Kelly Unmasked! Secret and Original! The Pogo Poop Book: Latest Poop on Jack Acid Society, Prehysteria, Kluck Klams, Mouse into Elephant, Computer Commuter, Whose God Is Dead? Paperback – 1966
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Maybe it won't look like much to current, media-jaded readers: Kelly's attacks foretold the "velvet revolution" of Eastern Europe. His most biting weapon against the Klan, for example, was a simple cold shoulder. "If you do that, go away to do it. Just go away." It's touching, and an encouraging reminder that you don't have to be a front-page hero to fight injustice. Simply standing firm against it works too, and maybe more effectively.
Other pieces include pointed parables in "Prehysteria," "Mouse into Elephant," and "Whose God is Dead?" And, in an unusual offering, Kelly presents "The Computer Commuter," a story in text with illustrated highlights. (If you've ever encountered the 'quants' of high-powered trading, it's especially funny.) And, of course, Kelly punctuates the collection with off-key lyrics and alliterative but baffling doggerel, the best since Charles Dodgson set his pen down.
Walt Kelly wrote parables, and presented them during an era when it wasn't polite to state one's political view openly, especially on the comics page. Kelly was very subtle and sarcastic when he ventured into that realm to the point of censure. Some papers refused to print what they thought was too far out of the mainstream, so Kelly drew the famous "Bunny Strips." These were benign alternative strips that featured two bunnies talking to each other, but they alerted his fans that he'd been censored by their local newspaper comics editor who didn't care for Kelly's political opinions.
There is no way that "The Pogo Poop Book" could have been printed as a series of strips in any paper of the time, let alone in today's political climate. Kelly skewered Communism/Socialism, Nazis, The KKK, The John Birch Society (aka The Jack Acid Society) and mocks those who blindly follow idiocy without thinking, and he did it with his amazing talent for sharp yet unoffensive wit.
I was a preteen when I bough my copy of the PPB, and it jarred me enough to re-read a lot of Kelly's work in a new light. The stories are good, graphics excellent, and I'm thinking of ordering a 2nd copy just to rip it apart and scan it page-by-page for the young tads to read before the book's unavailable to anyone.