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Our Gang, Vol. 1 (Our Gang #1)

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The Little Rascals as written and drawn by Pogo's Walt Kelly!
Paperback, 96 pages
Published June 1st 2006 by Fantagraphics

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I realize that Walt Kelly comics are considered classics and that he has other series of note. While I enjoy contemporary comics, I only heard of Kelly recently while reading Comic-Con and the Business of Pop Culture: What the World's Wildest Trade Show Can Tell Us About the Future of Entertainment. Seeing the cover of Our Gang on display at the library, I decided to give it a read. I should have noticed the cover was in too contemporary of a style to be an example of the artwork within! The bac ...more
== Our Gang/Little Rascals' delightful romps ==

Our Gang was a series of short comedy films produced in the Hal Roach studios by Pathé and MGM from the mid 20s to the mid 40s, later syndicated for television (then titled The Little Rascals) in the mid 50s. In 1994 a feature film was released by Universal Studios. In the first cartoon version, in 1942, Walt Kelly used the film characters/actors from the 40s as his look-alike role models.

The members of the gang were inventive and mischievous poor k
I picked this up because I love Walt Kelly. However, this is Walt Kelly during his Disney period, where he closely toed the line. The artwork is not as sure as in his Pogo years. The stories are clever, but standard for the 1940's, although they do hearken back to a time when kids ran free.

The introduction by Leonard Maltkin was fascinating, as he detailed the history of the Hal Roach shorts, as well as the history of the comic strip. Well, fascinating to a student of popular culture, I suppose.
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American animator and cartoonist best known for the classic funny animal comic strip, Pogo. He won the National Cartoonists Society's Reuben Award in 1951 for Cartoonist of the Year, and their Silver T-Square Award in 1972, given to persons having "demonstrated outstanding dedication or service to the Society or the profession."

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