Saturday, October 26, 2013

Walt Kelly's Pogo: Witchcraft!

These two consecutive daily comic strips from Walt Kelly's Pogo appeared in newspapers back in December 1958. They feature characters Sarcophagus MacAbre, Wiley Catt, Ol' Mouse, and Snavely the worm. The subject matter--the former two characters misconstruing the latter's Mother Goose and schoolhouse arithmetic for witchcraft and heresy--may sound somewhat obscure today, but the eBay seller does an admirable job explaining it and putting it in the historical context of the McCarthy Era. As always, Walt Kelly's ink work is superb.


Note:  You must know by now that I have more Walt Kelly posts on view here.

There's also a lot of original comic strip art featured on this blog here.

Be sure not to miss the Whirled of Kelly blog here and Pogo in Pandemonia here.

Seasonal blog posts about Halloween can be found here.


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