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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. David Keymer Top Contributor: The Pogo Poop Book. Yes it is dated and that is part of the charm in what was a simpler time. Walt Kelly is unique in the annals of comic strips and social political satire. He created the Doonesbury Experience of his era.

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Again his face was covered, this time by his speech balloons as he stood on a soapbox shouting to general uninterest. Kelly had planned to defy the threats made by the Bulletin and show Malarkey's face, but decided it was more fun to see how many people recognized the character and the man he lampooned by speech patterns alone.

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When Kelly got letters of complaint about kicking the senator when he was down McCarthy had been censured by that time, and had lost most of his influence , Kelly responded, "They identified him, I didn't. Malarkey reappeared on April 1, when the strip had been resurrected by Larry Doyle and Neal Sternecky. It was hinted that he was a ghost. In the early s, Kelly took on the ultra- conservative John Birch Society with a series of strips dedicated to Mole and Deacon's efforts to weed out Anti-Americanism as they saw it in the swamp, which led them to form "The Jack Acid Society.

Everyone the Jack Acids suspected of not being a true American was put on their blacklist, until eventually everyone but Mole himself was blacklisted. As the s loomed, even foreign "gummint" figures found themselves caricatured in the pages of Pogo , including 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.

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Other Soviet characters include a pair of cosmonaut seals who arrive at the swamp in via Sputnik , initiating a topical spoof of the Space Race. An obtuse feline reporter from Newslife magazine named Typo , who resembled both Barry Goldwater and Nelson Rockefeller , arrived on the scene in He was often accompanied by a chicken photographer named Hypo , wearing a jaunty fedora with a Press tag in the hat band, and carrying a box camera with an extremely droopy accordion bellows.

By the time the presidential campaign rolled around, it seemed the entire swamp was populated by P. Kennedy and George Wallace as wind-up toys.

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Wallace also appeared as The Prince of Pompadoodle , a puffed-up, diminutive rooster chick. Eugene McCarthy was a white knight tied backwards on his horse, spouting poetry. Retiring President Lyndon B. Johnson was portrayed as a befuddled, long-horned steer wearing cowboy boots. Earlier, in the offbeat "Pandemonia" sequence, LBJ had been cast as a prairie centaur named The Loan Arranger , whose low-hung Stetson covered his eyes like a mask. In the early s, 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. Edgar Hoover dressed in an overcoat and fedora, and directing a covert bureau of identical frog operatives , Spiro Agnew portrayed as an unnamed hyena festooned in ornate military regalia , and John Mitchell portrayed as a pipe-smoking eaglet wearing high-top sneakers. The hyena character would sometimes change into Nixon for a while, then back into Agnew; at the end of the character's run, Churchy wondered, 'How many of him was there? The hyena was dressed in the ornate uniform when President Nixon introduced a fancy new dress uniform for the White House guards.

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Its appearance in the strip was marked by comments such as 'You look like a wet refugee from a third-rate road company. You're the head cheese in a non-existent blintz republic, right? In real life, public ridicule led to the abandonment of the uniform a short time later. Edgar Hoover apparently read more into the strip than was there. According to documents obtained from the Federal Bureau of Investigation under the Freedom of Information Act , Hoover had suspected Kelly of sending some form of coded messages via the nonsense poetry and Southern accents he peppered the strip with.

He reportedly went so far as to have government cryptographers attempt to "decipher" the strip. Saddam Hussein was portrayed as a snake, and then Vice-President Dan Quayle was depicted as an egg, which eventually hatched into a roadrunner -type chick that made the sound "Veep! Kelly's use of satire and politics often drew fire from those he was criticizing and their supporters. When he started a controversial storyline, Kelly usually created alternate, deliberately innocuous daily strips that papers could opt to run instead of the political ones for a given week.

They are sometimes labeled "Special", or with a letter after the date, to denote that they were alternate offerings. Nevertheless, many of the bunny strips are subtle reworkings of the theme of the replaced strip. As if to drive home Kelly's point, some papers published both versions. Kelly told fans that if all they saw in Pogo were fluffy little bunnies, then their newspaper didn't believe they were capable of thinking for themselves, or didn't want them to.

The bunny strips were usually not reproduced when Pogo strips were collected into book form.

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The quote "We have met the enemy and he is us" is a parody of a message sent in from U. Since the strips reprinted in Papers included the first appearances of Mole and Simple J. Malarkey, beginning Kelly's attacks on McCarthyism , Kelly used the foreword to defend his actions:. 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 blasts on tiny trumpets, we shall meet the enemy, and not only may he be ours, he may be us. The finalized version of the quotation appeared in a anti-pollution poster for Earth Day and was repeated a year later in the daily strip. The slogan also served as the title for the last Pogo collection released before Kelly's death in , and of an environmentally themed animated short on which Kelly had started work, but did not finish due to ill health.

Perhaps the second best-known Walt Kelly quotation is one of Porky Pine's philosophical observations: It ain't nohow permanent. Walt Kelly frequently had his characters poling around the swamp in a flat-bottomed skiff. Invariably, it had a name on the side that was a personal reference of Kelly's: The name changed from one day to the next, and even from panel to panel in the same strip, but it was usually a tribute to a real-life person Kelly wished to salute in print. Long before I could grasp the satirical significance of his stuff, I was enchanted by Kelly's magnificent artwork We'll never see anything like Pogo again in the funnies, I'm afraid.

A good many of us used hoopla and hype to sell our wares, but Kelly didn't need that. It seemed he simply emerged, was there, and was recognized for what he was, a true natural genius of comic art Christians tell me that they love their enemies, and yet all I ask is—not that they love their enemies, not that they love their friends even, but that they treat those who differ from them, with simple fairness. We do not wish to be forgiven, but we wish Christians to so act that we will not have to forgive them.

If all will admit that all have an equal right to think, then the question is forever solved; but as long as organized and powerful churches, pretending to hold the keys of heaven and hell, denounce every person as an outcast and criminal who thinks for himself and denies their authority, the world will be filled with hatred and suffering. To hate man and worship God seems to be the sum of all the creeds.

Ingersoll, Some Mistakes of Moses. When he makes a mistake, he realizes it. Having realized it, he admits it. Having admitted it, he corrects it. He considers those who point out his faults as his most benevolent teachers. He thinks of his enemy as the shadow that he himself casts. I think quite the same of you. I don't want to sympathize with you. Don't cry like that in front of me! The people you trust will expect it, your greatest enemies will desire it, and those you treasure the most, will, without fail, abuse it.

And when enough people are quiet for long enough, a handful of voices can give the impression that everyone is screaming.