Anybody out there remember Pogo in the Sunday funnies? It was always a little too sophisticated for me; much of the humor went right over my head. But, when I saw this movie trailer on YouTube.com today, I immediately thought about Walt Kelley’s famous comic strip. What a sage he was.
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I did not know until today that Kelley had a book of his best and brightest work published. I discovered it when goggling the title I chose for this posting. It was called The Pogo Papers, Copyright 1952-53. So, if any of my family is reading this, you might want to remember it next time you’re wondering what you can get me for a birthday, Fathers’ Day, or Christmas, that is, if you can find a copy. It’s a collectable now.
The following is from the book’s foreword:
“The publishers of this book, phrenologists of note, have laid hands upon the author’s head and report the following vibrations:
Herein can be found that rare native tree, the Presidential Timber, struck down in mid-sprout by the jawbone of a politician. Pogo returns to the swamp from a couple of political conventions to find his unfinished business being rapidly finished, once and for all, by rough and ready hands.
With that much information you are about as well equipped as anybody to plunge into the still waters of the Okefenokee Swamp, home of the Pogo people. The activities in this present book were spread shamelessly over the past drought-ridden year. Looking back across the fertilizer, small shafts of green can be seen here and there, while off in the distance wisps of smoke denote the harvesters at work.
Some nature lovers may inquire as to the identity of a few creatures here portrayed. On this point field workers are in some dispute.
Specializations and markings of individuals everywhere abound in such profusion that major idiosyncrasies can be properly ascribed to the mass*. Traces of nobility, gentleness and courage persist in all people, do what we will to stamp out the trend. So, too, do those characteristics which are ugly. It is just unfortunate that in the clumsy hands of a cartoonist all traits become ridiculous, leading to a certain amount of self-conscious expostulation and the desire to join battle.
There is no need to sally forth, for it remains true that those things which make us human are, curiously enough, always close at hand. Resolve then, that on this very ground, with small flags waving and tinny blast on tiny trumpets, we shall meet the enemy, and not only may he be ours, he may be us.
*Quimby’s Law. (Passed by the Town of Quimby after the Trouble with Harold Porch in 1897)”