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Pogo: The Complete Daily & Sunday Comic Strips, Vol. 1: Through the Wild Blue Wonder (v. 1) Hardcover – December 5, 2011
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“(Starred Review) This exceptional first volume of the collected adventures of Pogo Possum should remind readers of the substantial legacy left behind by Kelly.... The volume is beautifully put together, including excellent insights into Kelly and his work ... Kelly was able to blend hilarious humor, exceptional storytelling, keen political satire, and brilliant wordplay into a strip that could be appreciated both by children and adults.” (Publishers Weekly)
“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.” (Chicago Sun-Times)
“The biggest revelation of reading the first two years of Pogo is how polished and funny the strip was right from the start, and also how nearly every Pogo panel is a delight unto itself. ...[T]here’s a classic Pogo moment on just about every page of this book.” (Noel Murray - The A.V. Club)
“The congenial Pogo Possum and his swampland friends... spring to life in this collection of daily and Sunday comics, filled with Kelly’s characteristic wordplay. One hopes this will introduce a new generation to this comic, satiric masterwork.” (The Globe and Mail)
“The good news: it’s here, it’s real. The better news: it’s incredible. Walt Kelly’s lively, robust, and poetic world is faithfully and lovingly produced... Fantagraphics knew this first volume would be scrutinized by hardcore Pogo fans, and they’ve outdone expectations…” (Alex Carr - Omnivoracious (Amazon.com))
“Walt Kelly’s Pogo... is justifiably hailed as one of the great achievements of the postwar comic strip.... This wonderful first volume of a projected 12-volume series contains the strip’s first two official years... I salute this launch... [Rating] 9/10” (Michael Barrett - PopMatters)
“Walt Kelly’s wit and charm is unmatched in the history of sequential storytelling, and is in evidence here fully developed. I’d get this book for Jimmy Breslin’s introduction alone. Go. Read this. You’ll charm the pants off of yourself.” (Mike Gold - ComicMix)
“Kelly’s drawings are just magnificent, and his sophisticated writing style was far ahead of its time. Its time has come – and Fantagraphics has gone out of its way to ensure the best possible copies of these rare strips were found, restored and preserved perfectly here for all time... A great gift for anyone – especially you.” (Jerry Beck - Cartoon Brew)
“This strip is funny, well-drawn, and features a huge mass of likeable characters doing entertaining things. Put it together with Fantagraphics’ excellent presentation, and you have a definite must-buy.” (Sean Gaffney - Manga Bookshelf)
“Timeless and magical, Pogo is a giant of world literature, not simply comics, and this magnificent edition should be the pride of every home’s bookshelf.” (Win Wiacek - Now Read This!)
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The first thing a reader will notice after the beautiful dust cover (drawn and colored by Carolyn Kelly) is that the binding of this book is superior to similar collections, most notably the catastrophe that was done to Calvin and Hobbs. This is a book that should weather more than an occasional journey back into the Okefenokee Swamp. Opening the book to the first few pages and the reader finds original drawings that are sketched first with blue pencil and then inked. Walt Kelly used the blue pencil for the early sketching of his strips because the color did not show when the strip was reproduced.
The table of contents lovingly breaks the content down into weeks and explains the action in a way that specific strips can be quickly found. I had to smile when I saw the first week's description began with: "Pogo and Churchy go fishing." There was never a predicament throughout the run of the strip that could not be solved with a return to the Suwanee River, the only river that runs through the actual Okefenokee, for either a casual float or a communal fish fry. What is surprising here is the lack of political satire. The first year of Pogo in syndication was for the most part politically noncommittal.Read more ›
I also recommend grabbing a copy of the incredible Songs of the Pogo CD by Walt Kelly with Norman Monath which was gloriously remastered and reissued a couple of years ago. It will give you something to tap your toes to while you read the book.
I GO POGO!
The editors have provided nice (brief) annotation of each strip, so that the immediate cultural context of Kelly's strips is accessible to those -- today and in the future -- who did not have the exquisite experience of opening each day's newspaper to a fresh Pogo strip that *slammed* the pretense of American life as we were living it.
As a fussy editor I am *so* impressed with this volume. And for a very reasonable price. Thank you Fantagraphics. Remember -- while "ars longa est," vita is too short. Please don't make us wait forever for volume II.
I still go Pogo.
Jimmy Breslin wrote a great foreward to the book. The printing is good, both the black-and-white portions and the color Sunday comic strips. Some interesting information about the demands of the newspaper medium that influenced the layout of the strips and the colors that were used. I also enjoyed reading about the work enviroment of cartoonists, Walt Kelly's relationship with Disney, and Kelly's influence on other great cartoonists.
Mostly, the book is just fun. I am eagerly awaiting the next book in the series. It will take several volumes to reproduce the productive, creative work of Walt Kelly in the comic Strip "Pogo."
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A lovingly compiled collection of these comic classics. Restored artwork that looks like it was done yesterday allows these strips to be seen as they were originally. Read morePublished 1 month ago by J. Cherry
"We have met the enemy and they is us."
An excellent collection.
Haven't read it all yet but am very pleased that these comics from the past are available. Walt Kelly has always been my favorite.Published 4 months ago by Carol B. Barton
I am happy that the Pogo comics are becoming available with good quality reproductions.Published 5 months ago by wbummer
It was a pleasure to find this cartoon from my childhood. I've bought it as a gift for my older brother. Read morePublished 10 months ago by CJ
Excellent book here. Beautiful cover. Well laid out by week. Thanks for this book.Published 11 months ago by Lester J Dennis
Please see my review of Pogo Vol. 1. The same compliments apply to this volume of Daily and Sunday Comics.Published 12 months ago by Norma Hayes
Very satisfied with the purchase, the conditon of the book and the shipping. I hope to buy the other volumes as well.Published 15 months ago by 1consumer