Much of Kelly's special art was dedicated to educational purpose. Note that his copyright notice is topsy-turvy.
Thursday, June 18, 2020
Monday, June 15, 2020
Saturday, June 13, 2020
To me this is an exceedingly appealing 1935 page by the 22 year old Walt Kelly — exhibiting influence by Harrison Cady and perhaps other cartoonists who were drawing scenes akin to this.
These characters are prescient of Kelly's later drawings of Brownies and fairy tale little folk.
Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Friday, June 5, 2020
Thursday, May 28, 2020
Thursday, May 21, 2020
Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Kelly on a run as he rummaged around the world in the early '60s, filing reports from hither and yon. Some of his reports have been reprinted here and there, like Berlin and such, but I wonder if there are more to be found.
Thursday, May 14, 2020
Once again, Blogger is playing tricks on me so I couldn't post for several days. Things keep changing here without my input.
Anyway, this one is fun — Kelly's first nationally published work, from St Nicholas magazine, dated November 1935, a beautiful forerunner of his concept, style and technique.
St. Nicholas magazine — November 1935
Saturday, May 9, 2020
Friday, May 8, 2020
As most of you Kelly addicts, all over the whole wide world, know, Kelly did a lot of covers and some stories for Disney Dell Comics back in the '40s. He did some miscellaneous stuff like posters and house ads . . . like this one for Disney comics. It's pretty funny for an ad, somewhat like what Mad Magazine would have done, and pretty inappropriate for its racial stereotype.
But hey, that was then, this is now.
And later, Kelly returned to the Russian steppes for Pogo.
1946 American Trade Journal
Thursday, May 7, 2020
If this isn't Albert the Alligator disguised as a Crocodile, then it's a doppelgänger. We all have doppelgängers out there somewhere, don't we? Anyway, this is from a Raggedy Ann & Andy comic book, from sometime in the '40s (I just don't feel like looking it up right now).
Kelly once told me that Lewis Carroll was one of his biggest creative influences. But of course.
Monday, May 4, 2020
Yep, for a while there I thought Uncle Rip Van Turkle was the real deal, but I too think he went to far with his tall remembrances. But in the land of Kelly you never know.
In the final panel R.V.T. says 'Hey, chief! There's more!' Well actually there is no more (of this particular story). I think the last panels ran on a Friday and the Saturday strip would've been a standalone and then a couple days later the Pandemonia story begins which I have posted long ago. There's a Sunday strip just after these last panels and I'm posting it again down below, just to help bridge the gap.
June 5, 1966
Sunday, May 3, 2020
Saturday, May 2, 2020
Seeing as how these strips are from 1966, the 'current crop of kids' then are what we call Boomers today (of which I'm one of). I guess it makes sense that every generation has its conflicts, but, well,