Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Woz Go On?

Whoosh! I got too much going on hereabouts. Not enough time to scan from the Pogo book to compare to this week's Sunday tear sheet. I'm sure you will survive.

January 11, 1953

This just in! A scan from the Pogo Sunday Book that references this Sunday tear sheet was sent over to us by Frits van der Waa, all the way from Amsterdam, since I didn't have time to mess with it this week. It's fun, once again, to compare panels and see edits.

Thanks Frits!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Natural Like By Golly As You Kin Betcha Yo' Life

Here we are again, better late than never. And WHOOSH, a fine bit of cartooning, starting in on the classic Sam Handwich episode.

Once again, I'm including this particular segment from the Pogo Sunday Punch book so you can see how the page was creatively edited to fit the format of the book, for better or worse, slicing through panels and all. Whoosh!

January 4, 1953

Sunday, July 2, 2017

By Gorse!

Shown here is the last Sunday of 1952, still  a fantasy within a fantasy, still part of my second favorite Pogo storyline (the first being the Prehysterical Pogo saga of the mid '60s). And it's still fun to compare to the Simon & Schuster version.

Most all of these 1952 era tear sheets have been courtesy of David Burd, sharing the Tony Peters collection that he inherited, and I (and you, I assume) are ever grateful to David. David has recently started sharing some 1953 Sundays with us, which will let us continue the story into the classic Sam Handwich episode. 

THANK YOU DAVID, for these marvelous tear sheets!

December 28, 1952

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Under the Bamboozle Bush

Here's the news from Mark Evanier, who if anyone knows the reality of things, it should be him. In his words:

Coming Soon…For Real!

As readers of this blog are aware, my lovely friend Carolyn Kelly left us on April 9. She fought cancer until the end but there came a day when I knew she knew she wasn't going to survive. It was when she said to me, "If I don't make it, will you make sure the Pogoseries is completed, just the way we planned it?" I promised her it would be.
I also promised we would maintain the same high standards she had set for the project, which was the most important non-medical thing she ever tackled in her life. Understand please that by "important," I mean important to her. The series, which is reprinting her father's classic newspaper strip in full, may also be important to you but I didn't promise you it would be finished. I promised her. Either way, there will be no more delays.
Volume 4 will be out well before Christmas of this year. It will include a remembrance of her, a foreword by Neil Gaiman and some of the most brilliant cartooning ever done. Here's the cover…

Monday, June 26, 2017

Honor One Big Lovin' Cousin!

Sorry to keep running late on postings, things are even busier around here than most ever before! 

Once again, we can compare the original Sunday tear sheet with the S&S b&w reprint book to see how editing was done, taking out panels, cropping, etc. Notably the last two panels of the Sunday excised from the book, presumably not wanting to be seasonal in the book, but here seen as a lovely and cheery heart warm. Looks more and more for these gnomes being Cajun.

Vive le bon soir! Vive le merry! Vive le Christmas! 


December 21, 1952

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Snoor Snumma Coco Unna Wim Bimble

More stuff to compare and think about Gnomic ways.

December 14, 1952

Sunday, June 11, 2017

A Wierdity!

Now we come to one of my topmost favorite Kelly Sunday strips, the holy grail of my childhood, then seen only in black and white in the 'Pogo Sunday Book'. Color makes it so much more fun for me, looking like a page from the best comic book of all time. Imagine Sunday comic sections ever looking this great!

I was, and still am, such a geek for stuff like this. 

 December 7, 1952

Included here are the equivalent pages from the book just so you can compare how the panels were edited, doing some expanding.