That little bird is still hanging around, seemingly for no purpose, because, well, because Kelly is that kinda kartoonist. Even when the action subsides over the horizon, Kelly still keeps our interest. And that opening panel tree has some nice rendering, with faces almost emerging, storybook style.
Hey, we've got some swell chatter going on in the comments. It's so nice to have that going on without my having to initiate it. Please feel free to join in—your 'voice' is always welcome here.
Alimentary (nom de plumed after an obscure nephoo of Albert), is our newish and active Friend-in-Kelly. I say 'active' cuz he is taking Kelly art and running places with it, so to speak. This piece of Kelly art, to my understanding, was for a comic book cover that didn't come to be. Alimentary has taken the black & white drawing and applied some nice color to it to give us a pre-holiday treat.
Thank you A! You've got the Kelly spirit, no doubt about it.
Shet ma mouf, lookit what a bored alligator tad by name of Alimentary has done did with his Photoshop thingie—he reassembled the portrait oriented recent strip into the landscape oriented format by inserting the 'extra' panel from an original art scan, that he colorized to fit right in.
Very nice Alimentary! To quote from you directly: "Enjoy that tongue-grabbin' goodness".
Wow, here's an action-filled Sunday strip — once again Kelly not scrimping on bounteous detail.
May 30, 1971
Our friend-in-Kelly that goes by commentary name of Alimentary has worked with our esteemed F-i-K, Hun, to give us English-only readers a break in reading the French dailies that Michel Francois sent over and that I posted a while ago. I will post that workup sometime this week, if the gods are willing and the creeks don't rise.
Looks like we've got a little Kelly community thing going on here.
Two cartoonists of the 20th century, no, let's make that three, gave us more pleasure per panel, consistently, than any other comic stripper. Let's see, that's Winsor McCay, Harold Foster, and of course Walt Kelly.
Loving care crafted each panel that the medium did not require. Case in point, this panel, that feels completely believable in Kelly's whirled, yet is full of detailed whimsy—the whole setup bouncing through the air, the horse with exaggerated features, an alligator and an owl and a bug in relative sizes with human postures, wheels that shouldn't be rollable, lettering on the side of the van that isn't just a simple font and contains its own gag. Kelly gave us our money's worth almost every time!
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