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Walt Kelly

Of the handful of comics' bona fide geniuses, few could match the versatility of Walt Kelly (1913-1973). His artistic career began in 1936, when he was hired as an animator at Walt Disney Studios, where he worked on such classic cartoons as PinocchioFantasia, and DumboIn 1941, Kelly left Disney to a new career in the burgeoning field of comic books at Dell Comics. There, he contributed heavily to various Disney titles and singlehandedly produced its classic fantasy books: Fairy Tale ParadeMother Goose, and Santa Claus Funnies. It was at Dell that he would create his comic strip Pogo, his most famous creation. Along with fellow Disney alumnus Carl Barks, Kelly is now considered one of the two classic "funny animal" artists from the golden age of comics.