On sale date: July 16, 2024
Collects the years 1965 and 1966 of the classic comic strip that feels even timelier than ever.
Walt Kelly's newspaper comic strip Pogo was a platform for Kelly to express political satire and commentary via a wildly entertaining, motley group of swamp critters. He tackled many of the sociopolitical issues of his day: the Red Scare, civil rights, the environment, consumerism. But the strip is also a joyous, poignant, beautifully drawn, and occasionally profound work of 20th-century popular culture. It is such an all-time classic it is hard to believe that this series marks the first time that Pogo dailies and Sundays have been published in complete and in chronological order anywhere. Not only does each volume contain two full calendar years of restored black-and-white daily strips, it also includes all 104 Sundays from the same period. For the first time since their original appearance more than 50 years ago, the Sundays are in full, glorious color! Edited by comics legend Mark Evanier and Fantagraphics Associate Publisher Eric Reynolds, each volume has a surprise foreword. (Jake Tapper, Sergio Aragonés, and Neil Gaiman have contributed.)
"This comes as a genuine gift to anyone who loved Pogo and, it is to be hoped, as an introduction for younger readers to what many people believe was the best comic strip ever drawn in this country." — The Washington Post
"We are blessed that Walt Kelly inhabited his skin for as long as he did, no doubt dying a comfortable man — all the while making the right people uncomfortable." — Jake Tapper
"Walt Kelly accompanied me from the first moment I saw his work and began to understand not about drawing but about cartooning. He filled me with a sense of what constituted excellence in my chosen field." — Sergio Aragonés
- Black-and-white and color
- 11.4" × 9.4"