Thursday, January 24, 2019


In this day and age of rampant accusations and rampant guilt, this bit of doggerel speaks to the question of who will guard the guards?

This drawing did double duty in Songs of the Pogo.

We'll Give Your Peepers a Goin' Over

I'm going to be incommunicado for the next week. I'll catch up with strips when I'm back on the computer. 

Long Live Kelly!

January 24, 1962

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Where's Your Patriotrics?

Talking heads, sure. But SILLY talking heads!

January 23, 1962

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Monday, January 21, 2019

Four Horsemen of Hysteria

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.

Blessings to you on MLK day!

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Oog, the Moon!

I hope many of you were able to go outdoors and see the Super-Blood-Wolf-Moon! Right here, right now, it's due to be in totality in about an hour.


Inescapable logic . . .

January 20, 1962

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Anti-Medico Propaganda

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.

January 19, 1962

Friday, January 18, 2019

A More Passive Type of Exercise

Apples — approved by the FDA (when they're not on furlough).

January 18, 1962

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Push-Ups! What's Them?

I used to do push-ups. Now I'm lucky to push myself out of bed.

January 17, 1962

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Modern Youth is Kaput!

Some fine emoting by Albert . . .

January 16, 1962

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Egg-Zackly What Our President is Talking About

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?

January 15, 1962

Monday, January 14, 2019


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 . . .

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Few Men is Built for Peace

I'm still confused as to Kelly's point.

January 13, 1962

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Get Stiff

Talking heads, so to speak . . .

January 12, 1962

Friday, January 11, 2019

Wouldn't Think that was Possible

Some things are not meant for human eyes to see (or evidently for cartoonists to draw).

January 11, 1962

Thursday, January 10, 2019

The Wicked Truth

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.

January 10, 1962

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

We Should Look Forward, Not Back

These two guys have weirdo conversations more'n most any other comic strip! 

January 8, 1962

Monday, January 7, 2019

Today was Sunday

Today was Sunday in 1962, and Sundays of '62 I do not currently possess. See you tomorrow.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Somebody Threatens the Country with a Ultimatum

The more things change, the more they stay the same... 

January 5, 1962

Friday, January 4, 2019

Help Our Country More

Yep, I think Churchy's on to something here . . .

January 4, 1962

Thursday, January 3, 2019

The New Year will Demand New Attitudes!

Ah, some words to our current Congress . . . and a reference to JFK . . .

January 3, 1962

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

A Cup of Cheer to Our New Year

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.

Happy New Year to you all, and Long Live Kelly!

January 1, 1962