Sunday, June 2, 2013

Frozen Goo-ed

No time, no time, no time! I am rushed and have no time to post anything but this low circulation Pogo cover that looks much like the Pogo comic book stuff that Kelly was producing at the time.

Love the Hepzibah character rendering on the left.

Long live Kelly!

Walt Kelly — Virginia Spectator  — February 1951


  1. Fantastic cover. I just wonder what's inside. :)


  2. I believe its a rare occurrence that one can see Pogo (and Albert) in one and the same drawing with 'human beans', even if the latter are only represented by their lower appendages (half of them pretty shapely at that).
    I wonder what is happening in the background :)


  3. Hi friends!

    I wonder wonder too.

    Hun, good point about them human beans. I was in such a rush I didn't even think to comment on that in the post! They all have shoes on 'cept for that one guy whose toes are curling, you gotta really wonder what's going on in there.

  4. Because my father was a graduate student at the University of Virginia, back in the late 1960s, I remember the serpentine walls, even though I was only four and five years old at the time.

  5. Kelly's drawings for college magazines (like this one) and other periodicals are fun, because they're often a little more adult than the typical POGO strips. In this case, ice cream clearly wasn't a priority for these college students..."no sale" while they're otherwise occupied!


  6. To Stripe Cat:

    THE VIRGINIA SPECTATOR was, I believe, a magazine associated with the University of Virginia. That's about all I know.

  7. To: Chris Barat

    Thanks for the information, Chris. I also tried to find anything about the publication itself, but there are little in the way of info about it.

    Apropos news paper, have any of you seen this?


  8. WOW—missed this one last week... thanks so much for revealing this gem, Thom! It's immediately become a new favorite & frame-worthy to say the least.

    This is Kelly at his finest during that era and a cartoonist's dream to pore over: from the effective limited color palette, the extremely varied line work on Pogo an' ol' Albert to the undulating rendering of the brickwork. The left-hand border smacks familiar of W.K.'s decorative panels on the spine of his Dell Comics covers.

    From what I can find online the serpentine walls still stand at University of Virginia. Seems the use of the design in the U.S is attributed to Thomas Jefferson: "Jefferson realized that by building a wall that curves, one uses 25% fewer bricks as compared to a straight wall. The curved wall can support itself while being only one brick thick instead of two. Jefferson's ingenuity and his prudent, economical and careful use of resources correlate with the skills needed to become a successful investor in the world of private equity"

    Boy, around here, we not only appreciate a mastery of comic art, we learn something new! - Dan