Pogo

Way before there was Doonesbury and before The Boondocks was even in thought in Aaron McGruder‘s head, there was Pogo. Pogo, the daily comic strip from Walt Kelley . Pogo ran in the papers from 1948-1973 and it was one of the original satire comic strips. It was a sophisticated and ¬†hilariously written, had a great cast of characters and was beautifully illustrated. It is the model that I base on comic strip on; plus its one of my all time favorites. Click the image to enlarge.

Pogo comic strip
Pogo, the state opossum

Pogo was set in the¬†Okefenokee Swamp in Georgia. Pogo, a humble, kind, friendly everyman opossum and Albert, a dimwitted, egotistical, extroverted alligator, were the two main characters. During Kelley’s run on Pogo, he showed a lot of courage by openly lampooning politicans like Joseph McCarthy, Fidel Castro, Richard Nixon and others. If you’re a fan of The Boondocks, you have to go find a paperback copy of one of the Pogo collections;it’s definitely worth the money.

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