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Pogo's Will Be That Was (Fireside Book) Paperback – November, 1987

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Product Details

  • Series: Fireside Book
  • Paperback: 381 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (Paper); Reissue edition (November 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671248545
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671248543
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,661,554 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's unfortunate that Fireside no longer publishes "Pogo" books. This book is actually two books: "G.O. Fizzickle Pogo" and "Positively Pogo". For those who don't know, "Pogo" is an animal-only comic strip with very well drawn artwork with good humor and stories to boot. Walt Kelly does his strip like a river as it meanders down stream. Sometimes the strip will follow a couple of storylines but often those stories get merged back together. Set in the deep south, there are lots of interesting characters here which make this strip a lot of fun.
"Positively Pogo" are comic strips from around 1954 first published in newspapers. This part starts with the start of the television media with various characters doing things to break into commercials and shows. The strip then meanders into a plan by Churchy (the turtle) to make money by making money. We have a long appearance by a non-regular character (in the form of a pig) which just happens to look like a certain Soviet leader of the time (part of Kelly's political humor). The book then ends with the Olympics in Australia.
"G.O. Fizzickle Pogo" contains strips from around 1956. This book starts with the announcement of the International Geophysical Year which is 18 months long. After a while, we are introduced to "the flea" who loves the dog character Beauregard. Upon being rejected, Howland Owl puts a plan into motion to launch the flea into space (in light of the Sputnik launch). This leads to a long stretch where Albert decides to defend the moon from strangers (egro the Soviets) landing there. The book then continues into a discussion on the then new Suez Canal with some of the characters deciding to build their own canal. The book ends with the removal of a "demon" from Albert.
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I have before me three three-inch tall plastic figures: One of Pogo Possum, one of Albert Alligator, and one of Churchy La Femme (the turtle). My six-year old niece likes to play with them from time to time, and is fascinated that Albert sports a cigar in his left hand. They are my inspiration for this review.

_Pogo Will Be That Was_ (1979) is an omnibus of two Pogo classics: _Positively Pogo_ (1955) and _G.O. Fizzickle Pogo_ (1957). I believe that Anthony Boucher gave each of these books brief attention in his "Recommended Reading" column for _Fantasy & Science Fiction_ when they first came out. They are, at least in part, reflections of some of the goings-on in the fifties.

_Positively Pogo_ runs from rehearsals for T.V. commercials (especially Kokola Kola) to events at the Australian olympics (such as boomerang duels). The chapter titles are arranged in quatrains of verse: "Merrily, Merrily,/ O'er the Lea,/ Verily, Verily/ Blue" and "Raggedly, Baggedly,/ Through the True,/ Haggardly, Haggardly,/ Flee".

Other items of interest in this volumn include the debate on the relative virtues of dogs and alligators, an inanimate sea serpent that creates problems for various animals, a Russian Premier pig who claims to have discovered America, and a rocket knocked into orbit by a method that would have made Jules Verne proud.

The International Geophysical Year (I.G.Y.), for tads too green around the gills to remember such things, was a period of time running from 1957 into 1958 devoted to the scientific study of the Earth. Satellites mapped and measured the planet, bathyspheres plumbed the ocean depths, Project Mohole drilled into the crust of the Earth. Expeditions were sent to the poles, to mountaintops, and along rivers. Volcanoes were studied.
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Six or seven stars in a five star rating system. Got it for my 10 year old granddaughters. Told them it's funny now, but will be even funnier 10 years from now. Funnier still 10 years after that!
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