Today was another Sunday in 1962, so here is a Kelly editorial cartoon from the late 1940s in the New York Star. Many of Kelly's editorial cartoons tend to be timeless, not tied to a particular event, but to the human condition. Bless his heart, this one is still relevant today.
This strip made me realize that few critters in the Okefenokee were married. They were a bunch of singulars, sometimes widowed or divorced. Let's see, there was the Raccoon family, the Barnstable Bear family, the occasional bug family. Mmm, who else? Grundoon had a mother, did he have a father? I don't recall. Oh, Pogo's sister had a husband. Oh yeah, Sam Handwich was with family.
To be clear, the president referred to here is obviously John F. Kennedy, who inspired and helped to promote a physical fitness campaign for Americans, 'specially dealing with the 'baggy state of our youth'.
How's that going over 50 years later—the youth now being elders?
Today was another Sunday back in 1962. I remember '62 Sundays when I was a kid and enjoyed opening the funnies from the Rocky Mountain News AND the Denver Post. Unfortunately I hadn't started collecting Pogo yet, so no Sunday strip to show you today.
I want to post something, so here's a bit of Kelly's bugdom that I applied some shading to. I think Kelly's bugs could have been a swell 'topper' like a lot of the older Sunday comics had. Annnnnd, it coulda been called 'Bugdom'. Of course that was a computer game later on, but anyway . . .
In one of the comments recently, Jannes made a good point (one that I hadn't yet distilled, though it was vague in my mind) (and I'm paraphrasing here) that a number of Pogo strips from this time were basically 'talking heads' with their silly conversations, but Kelly's lovely art and way with words, keeps them fun and interesting.
Woosh, I almost missed my first deadline for the first daily of a long continuity, but I made it in time for this part of the country (8:30 pm). But here I am.
I'm not kidding that this is one of the busiest times I've ever had, for the next couple of months, so forgive me in advance if I blow off some days here or there, but I'll catch up when I need to.
So this continuity is only for dailies, and they're from 1962, meaning many of them may not have seen print in the books, though I haven't checked that out. I won't have Sundays from this continuity, but every once in a while I'll try to throw in some other Kelly stuff to keep it lively.
I may not have things to say about each posting, as time is precious, but I encourage you to leave comments as often as you can, cuz that inspires me to keep this thing going.
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