Pogo was a comic strip created by Walt Kelly that ran from 1948 to 1975. It was known for its whimsical characters and political satire, and it was widely popular during its run.
After Kelly’s death in 1973, the strip was continued by other artists until it was finally discontinued in 1975. However, Pogo remains a beloved classic and has been reprinted in various formats, including books and collections.
In addition, Pogo has influenced many other artists and writers in the world of comics and animation. Its influence can be seen in the work of cartoonists such as Bill Watterson (creator of Calvin and Hobbes) and Jim Henson (creator of The Muppets).
Pogo was a comic strip that was set in the Okefenokee Swamp, a fictionalized version of the real-life Okefenokee Swamp that straddles the border between Georgia and Florida in the southeastern United States. The strip featured a cast of anthropomorphic animals, including Pogo the possum, Albert the alligator, Howland Owl, and Porky Pine, among others, who lived in the swamp and had various adventures and misadventures. The characters often engaged in political satire and commentary, and the strip was known for its sharp wit and social commentary.
- Pogo the possum
- Albert the alligator
- Howland Owl
- Porky Pine
- “We have met the enemy and he is us” – This famous line, which was originally used in the strip in reference to pollution and environmental degradation, has since become a widely quoted aphorism about the human condition.
- The “Deacon Mushrat” storyline – In this storyline, Pogo and his friends become embroiled in a political campaign for the office of Deacon of the local church. The strip satirized political campaigns and the use of religion for political gain.
- The “Beware of the bear behind” storyline – In this storyline, a bear named Snavely becomes a powerful political figure in the swamp, using fear tactics to control the other animals. The strip satirized the politics of fear and the dangers of demagoguery.
- The “Simple J. Malarkey” storyline – In this storyline, Pogo and his friends become involved in a political campaign for the presidency of the United States. The strip satirized the electoral process and the idea of the “common man” running for office.