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Walter Crawford Kelly, Jr (August 25, 1913 - October 18, 1973), known simply as Walt Kelly, was a cartoonist notable for his comic strip Pogo featuring characters that inhabited a portion of the Okefenokee Swamp in Georgia. August 25 is the 237th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (238th in leap years), with 128 days remaining. ... Link title1913 is a common year starting on Wednesday. ... October 18 is the 291st day of the year (292nd in Leap years). ... 1973 was a common year starting on Monday. ... A cartoonist at work. ... This article is about the comic strip, the sequential art form as published in newspapers and on the Internet. ... Walt Kelly coined the phrase we have met the enemy and he is us on this 1971 Earth Day poster. ... Canal Diggers Trail in early spring. ...


Kelly was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. While still a child, his family moved to Bridgeport, Connecticut where his father worked in a munitions plant. After graduating from Warren Harding High School in 1930, Kelly worked a few odd jobs until landing a position as a crime reporter on the Bridgeport Post. There he took up cartooning and illustrated a biography of Bridgeport native P. T. Barnum. He found a job at Walt Disney Productions in California as an animator on Donald Duck cartoons. Kelly worked 1935 to 1941 for Disney, contributing to films including Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Fantasia, and Dumbo. During 1935 and 1936, his work also appeared in early comic books for what later became DC Comics. Kelly was one of many Disney animators, including Art Babbitt, Bill Tytla, and John Hubley, who picketed Disney during the 1941 Disney animators' strike, after which he left the studio. Independence Hall Philadelphia (sometimes referred to as Philly or the City of Brotherly Love) is the fifth most populous city in the United States and the largest city in the state of Pennsylvania, both in area and population. ... Bridgeport (41n10, 73w12 EST) is the largest city by population in Connecticut, and is located in southeastern Fairfield County, Connecticut. ... Parody of Jenny Linds first American tour for P. T. Barnum, New York City, October 1850. ... The Walt Disney Company (most commonly known as Disney) (NYSE: DIS) is one of the largest media and entertainment corporations in the world. ... Donald Duck Donald Duck is an animated cartoon and comic-book character best known for his cartoons from Walt Disney Studios. ... 1935 was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1941 was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is the first animated feature in the Disney animated features canon. ... Fantasia is a 1940 motion picture, the third in the Disney animated features canon, which was a Walt Disney experiment in animation and music. ... For the Brooklyn, New York City, neighborhood, see DUMBO. Dumbo statue at a Toronto Disney Store location Dumbo is an animated feature, produced by Walt Disney and first released on October 23, 1941 by RKO Radio Pictures. ... The current DC Comics logo, adopted in May 2005. ... Arthur Art Babbitt (October 8, 1907 - March 4, 1992) was a Disney animator. ... Vladimir Peter Tytla (October 25, 1904–December 30, 1968) was one of the original Disney animators and is considered by many to be the best character animator working during The Golden Age of Hollywood animation. ... John Hubley (May 21, 1914- February 21, 1977) was an animator and animation director known for both his formal experimentation and for his emotional realism which stemmed from his tendency to cast his own children as voice actors in his films. ... 1941 was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Disney animators strike - Wikipedia /**/ @import /skins/monobook/IE50Fixes. ...


Kelly's most famous character, Pogo, first saw print in 1943 in Dell's Animal Comics. During World War II, Kelly worked in the Army's Foreign Language Unit illustrating manuals. He returned to journalism after as a political cartoonist after the war, and in 1948, while art director of the New York Star, Kelly began to produce a pen-and-ink strip of current-events commentary populated by characters from Okefenokee Swamp. The first Pogo strip appeared on October 4, 1948. Walt Kelly coined the phrase we have met the enemy and he is us on this 1971 Earth Day poster. ... October 4 is the 277th day of the year (278th in Leap years). ... 1948 is a leap year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ...


Pogo was a landmark strip in many ways and Kelly is arguably one of the greatest and most influential of cartoonists in the history of the craft. Kelly combined masterful line and brush-work (learned at the "mouse factory", i.e. Disney) with fluent and highly-amusing story-telling acted out by an endearing cast of "nature's screechers". He borrowed from various dialectical sources and his own fertile imagination to invent a unique and charming backwoods-patois, heavy on the nonsense, to fit his cartoon swampland. Although "Pogo" stands on its own as a superbly-realised cartoon strip for the ages, it was perhaps Kelly's interjection of political and social satire into the work that was its greatest pioneering accomplishment- such commentary was simply not done in the genre of dailies in Kelly's time.


The principal characters were Pogo the Possum; Albert the Alligator; Churchy LaFemme (cf. Cherchez la femme), a turtle; Howland Owl; Houndog; and Miss Mamzelle Hepzibah, a French skunk. Kelly used the strip in part as a vehicle for his liberal and humanistic political and social views and satirized, among other things, Senator Joseph McCarthy's anti-Communist demagogy and the sectarian and dogmatic behavior of Communists. Walt Kelly coined the phrase we have met the enemy and he is us on this 1971 Earth Day poster. ... This article or section should be merged with Virginia_opossum The word opossum (usually pronounced without the leading O, or with only a very slight schwa) refers either to the Virginia Opossum in particular, or more generally to any of the other marsupials of magnorder Ameridelphia. ... Species Alligator mississippiensis Alligator sinensis Alligator is a genus of the Alligatoridae family of crocodile-like reptiles. ... Cherchez la femme! is French phrase which literally means Look for the woman! It is a cliché of pulp detective fiction; when someones wife has been murdered, when a man has a problem or is involved in a quarrel, one should search for a woman as the root cause... Families See text Turtles are reptiles of the order Testudinata, most of whose body is shielded by a special bony shell developed from their ribs. ... Families Strigidae Tytonidae An owl is any of some 200+ species of solitary, mainly nocturnal birds of prey in the order Strigiformes. ... Genera Mephitis Spilogale Conepatus The skunks or Mephitidae are a family of medium-sized mammals, typically black-and-white-furred, belonging to the order Carnivora. ... Joseph Raymond McCarthy Joseph Raymond McCarthy (November 14, 1908 – May 2, 1957) was an American politician originally aligned with the United States Democratic Party and later with the United States Republican Party. ...


In 1952 and later, a "Pogo for President" campaign, with followers wearing "I Go Pogo" buttons, became an expression of political protest. "Pogo" was also distinguished by exceptional linguistic inventiveness and playfulness, as expressed, for example, in the Pogo version of songs such as "Deck Us All with Boston Charlie" (for "Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly") and "Ma Booney lice soda devotion" (for "My Bonnie lies over the ocean"). 1952 was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ...


Perhaps the most famous quotation to come from this series is, "We have met the enemy and he is us." The earliest form of this expression appeared in his introduction to The Pogo Papers (1953); it was used much later in the comic strip and as the title of a collection of strips. This is typical of the wry and politically astute commentary to be found in the daily and Sunday strip. It was distributed by King Features Syndicate to hundreds of newspapers for many years. The individual strips were collected into at least twenty books, some reprinted editions remain available today. 1953 is a common year starting on Thursday. ...


Walt Kelly illustrated a delightful children's book titled The Glob on the evolution of man written by John O'Reilly and published in 1952. The characters and creatures in the book have a distinctly Pogoian character.


There was even a claymation movie featuring the antics of those swamp creatures. The term Claymation is a registered trademark created by Will Vinton Studios to describe their clay animated movies. ...


On his passing in 1973 in Woodland Hills, California, Walt Kelly was interred in the Cemetery of the Evergreens in Brooklyn, New York. Woodland Hills is a community within the City of Los Angeles. ... The Cemetery of the Evergreens, is a non-denominational cemetery in Brooklyn, New York. ... For other meanings, see Brooklyn (disambiguation). ...


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Walt Kelly - Biography - AOL Music (430 words)
Kelly was born in Philadelphia, the son of a theatrical scene painter, and was raised in Bridgeport, CT. He showed remarkable facility as a cartoonist as a boy, in addition to working as a reporter on his school newspaper.
Kelly spent his first three years after graduation from high school working in a garment manufacturing plant, and in 1933 took his first newspaper job, with the Bridgeport Post, working as a reporter and also publishing his first regular strip.
Kelly passed away in 1973 after years of declining health, but the popularity of his strip lives on, and Songs of the Pogo was reissued on CD in 2003.
Walt Kelly - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (726 words)
Walter Crawford Kelly, Jr (August 25, 1913 - October 18, 1973), known simply as Walt Kelly, was a cartoonist notable for his comic strip Pogo featuring characters that inhabited a portion of the Okefenokee Swamp in Georgia.
Kelly was one of many Disney animators, including Art Babbitt, Bill Tytla, and John Hubley, who picketed Disney during the 1941 Disney animators' strike, after which he left the studio.
Kelly used the strip in part as a vehicle for his liberal and humanistic political and social views and satirized, among other things, Senator Joseph McCarthy's anti-Communist demagogy and the sectarian and dogmatic behavior of Communists.
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