Saturday, August 31, 2013

Walt Kelly's Pogo: School for Burglars

The original Sunday artwork for Walt Kelly's Pogo is always a treat. The comic strip for May 27, 1956 had a pretty good gag too. Barnstable Bear is the only regular character in this strip, though, and perhaps this is why the original artwork did not command a premium on eBay.

The slight discontinuity between the third and fourth panels is easily explained. While many newspapers ran all three rows of a Sunday comic strip, others ran only the bottom two. Therefore, the top row is conceived as expendable as far as the storytelling is concerned. It can introduce the gag, but it an't be crucial to it.

Walt Kelly, Original Sunday Artwork for Pogo, May 27, 1956

Note: More of my blog posts on Walt Kelly can be seen here.

As you must know by now, the excellent Whirled of Kelly blog is here.


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