Have you ever wondered who created the beloved Pogo comic strip? Well, wonder no more! The creator of Pogo was none other than Walt Kelly.
Who was Walt Kelly?
Born in 1913, Walt Kelly was an American animator and cartoonist. He started his career as a cartoonist at the age of 13, working for the Bridgeport Post.
After completing his studies at the Parsons School of Design in New York City, he moved to California and joined the Disney Studio as an animator. He worked on several famous Disney movies such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Fantasia.
The Birth of Pogo
In 1941, Walt Kelly started working on a comic strip that would become one of his most famous works – Pogo. The first Pogo comic strip was published on October 4th, 1948, and it featured the titular character – a possum.
Pogo’s world is inhabited by a cast of lovable and memorable characters including Albert Alligator, Porky Pine, Churchy LaFemme (a turtle), Beauregard Bugleboy (a hound dog), Howland Owl, and many others. These characters were all drawn with Kelly’s signature style which emphasized their expressive eyes and lively movements.
What made Pogo so popular was its witty humor that often satirized politics and social issues of the time. It was also known for its use of puns and wordplay which added to its charm.
Walt Kelly continued to write and draw Pogo until his death in 1973. However, his legacy lived on through his comic strip which continued to be syndicated even after his passing. In fact, it has been translated into several languages around the world and has been adapted into various forms of media including television shows and movies.
So, there you have it! The man behind the beloved Pogo comic strip was none other than Walt Kelly – a talented cartoonist whose legacy continues to be celebrated to this day.