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Pogo: The Complete Syndicated Comic Strips, Volume 1
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Walt Kelly is the creator of the legendary Pogo comic strip. He was born in 1913 and passed away in 1973.

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...[An] essential purchase for any collection that values comic-strip reprints is finally available. ...[T]he inventive wordplay, idiosyncratic swamp patter, and goofy slapstick are all in full effect right from the start, as is the broad cast of loony critters... Due to run 12 volumes, this collection completes the holy trifecta, along with Charles Schulz' Peanuts and George Herriman's Krazy Kat, of comic strips whose influence cannot be overstated.--Ian Chipman "Booklist"
(Starred Review) This exceptional first volume of the collected adventures of Pogo Possum should remind readers of the substantial legacy left behind by Kelly.... The volume is beautifully put together, including excellent insights into Kelly and his work ... Kelly was able to blend hilarious humor, exceptional storytelling, keen political satire, and brilliant wordplay into a strip that could be appreciated both by children and adults.-- "Publishers Weekly"
Kelly's drawings are just magnificent, and his sophisticated writing style was far ahead of its time. Its time has come - and Fantagraphics has gone out of its way to ensure the best possible copies of these rare strips were found, restored and preserved perfectly here for all time... A great gift for anyone - especially you.--Jerry Beck "Cartoon Brew"
The biggest revelation of reading the first two years of Pogo is how polished and funny the strip was right from the start, and also how nearly every Pogo panel is a delight unto itself. ...[T]here's a classic Pogo moment on just about every page of this book.--Noel Murray "The A.V. Club"
The congenial Pogo Possum and his swampland friends... spring to life in this collection of daily and Sunday comics, filled with Kelly's characteristic wordplay. One hopes this will introduce a new generation to this comic, satiric masterwork.-- "The Globe and Mail"
The good news: it's here, it's real. The better news: it's incredible. Walt Kelly's lively, robust, and poetic world is faithfully and lovingly produced... Fantagraphics knew this first volume would be scrutinized by hardcore Pogo fans, and they've outdone expectations...--Alex Carr "Omnivoracious (Amazon.com)"
This strip is funny, well-drawn, and features a huge mass of likeable characters doing entertaining things. Put it together with Fantagraphics' excellent presentation, and you have a definite must-buy.--Sean Gaffney "Manga Bookshelf"
Timeless and magical, Pogo is a giant of world literature, not simply comics, and this magnificent edition should be the pride of every home's bookshelf.--Win Wiacek "Now Read This!"
Walt Kelly's Pogo... is justifiably hailed as one of the great achievements of the postwar comic strip.... This wonderful first volume of a projected 12-volume series contains the strip's first two official years... I salute this launch... [Rating] 9/10--Michael Barrett "PopMatters"
Walt Kelly's wit and charm is unmatched in the history of sequential storytelling, and is in evidence here fully developed. I'd get this book for Jimmy Breslin's introduction alone. Go. Read this. You'll charm the pants off of yourself.--Mike Gold "ComicMix"

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