Kelly, Walter C., 1873-1939

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The comic strip "Pogo", created by Walt Kelly, ran in daily newspapers from 1948 to 1973. The strip was set in Georgia's Okefenokee Swamp and was populated by animals talking in a fractured southern dialect. Over the years "Pogo" often referred to Georgia and to several of the state's locales, such as Waycross, Fort Mudge, and Ware County. In the 1950s it was the most popular daily strip in America, primarily because of its blend of slapstick humor and engaging characters. The comic strip's popularity and satirical relevance began to fade during the 1960s. After Kelly died in 1973, "Pogo" was continued for a while by Kelly's children, Carolyn and Pete. -- New Georgia Encyclopedia (viewed Dec. 8, 2008)

From the description of Walt Kelly - Pogo cartoons, 1957. (University of Georgia). WorldCat record id: 277229371

B. Walter Crawford Kelly, 1913-1973. Comic strip artist, editorial cartoonist, animator. Kelly's only formal art training was in high school. His early employment included work as animator with the Disney Studio (1935-1941) and free lance comic book work. He worked as art director and editorial cartoonist for the short-lived N.Y. Star (1948-49). He is best known for the comic strip, Pogo, which first appeared in newspapers in the Star on October 4, 1948. The character of Pogo had appeared earlier in Animal Comics, a comic book series, in the Dec.-Jan. 1941-42 issue. The comic strip, Pogo, was published until July, 1975. Kelly received several awards, including the Heywood Broun Award for his editorial cartoons and the National Cartoonists Society Reuben award in 1951. In 1954 Kelly became the first comic strip artist to have his work represented in the Library of Congress.

From the description of Papers, 1947-1975. (Ohio State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 18503777

Forms part of the San Francisco Academy of Comic Art Collection, Bill Blackbeard, Director.

From the description of [Editorial cartoons], 1948-1965. (Ohio State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 234309722

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Armer, Elinor. Pogo cantabile : for soprano, piano, one-string ukelele, bottles, and washtub with beater / music by Elinor Armer ; texts by Walt Kelly. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Kelly, Walt. Walt Kelly - Pogo cartoons, 1957.
referencedIn Ohio State University. Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum. Walt Kelly 1913-1973 biographical file. Ohio State University Libraries
referencedIn McDermott, Edward J. [Guide to the McDermott Record collection 1900-1940.] Providence College, Phillips Memorial Library, Phillips Memorial Library
referencedIn Lankes, Julius Bartlett, 1915-,. Recordings narrated by Julius Bartlett Lankes [manuscript] : [multimedia], ca. 1920s-1981. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Kelly, Walt. [Editorial cartoons], 1948-1965. Ohio State University Libraries
referencedIn Crawford, Bill, 1913-1982. National Cartoonists Society Living Library 1962. Ohio State University Libraries
referencedIn Drawings for the London Stage Collection, 1886-1924, 1886-1897 Yale Center for British Art
creatorOf Kelly, Walt. Papers, 1947-1975. Ohio State University Libraries
creatorOf Kelly, Walt. Walt Kelly : clipping file. Michigan State University Libraries, Main Library
creatorOf Lardner, John, 1912-1960. John Lardner papers, 1900-2001, bulk 1930-1960. Newberry Library
referencedIn LaHatte, Patricia. Patricia LaHatte papers, 1917-2002. Emory University. Special Collections and Archives
referencedIn Herbert Block Papers, 1863-2002, (bulk 1945-2001) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Boys, Richard Charles, 1912-. Correspondence, 1949-1954. University of Michigan
referencedIn McDermott Record collection, McDermott Record Collection, 1900-1940 Phillips Memorial Library, Special and Archival Collections
creatorOf KELLY, WALT. Artist file : miscellaneous uncataloged material. Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)
referencedIn Atwell, Lester, 1908-2001. Lester Atwell collection, 1937-1981. Boston University. School of Medicine
creatorOf McGill, Ralph, 1898-1969. Ralph McGill papers, 1853-1971. Emory University. Special Collections and Archives
creatorOf Kelly, Walt. Pogo : clipping file. Michigan State University Libraries, Main Library
Role Title Holding Repository
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associatedWith Armer, Elinor. person
correspondedWith Atwell, Lester, 1908-2001. person
correspondedWith Block, Herbert, 1909-2001. person
correspondedWith Bonner, John person
associatedWith Boys, Richard Charles, 1912- person
associatedWith Cattermole, Charles, fl. 1859 person
associatedWith LaHatte, Patricia. person
associatedWith Lankes, Julius Bartlett, 1915-, person
associatedWith Lardner, John, 1912-1960. person
associatedWith Lucas, John Seymour, 1849-1923 person
associatedWith McDermott, Edward J. person
associatedWith McDermott, Edward J. person
associatedWith McGill, Ralph, 1898-1969. person
associatedWith Russel B. Nye Popular Culture Collection. corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
Okefenokee Swamp (Ga. and Fla.)
United States
United States
Editorial cartoons
Comic books, strips, etc.
Wit and humor


Birth 1873-10-29

Death 1939-01-06



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