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Pogo: We Have Met the Enemy and He is Us

4.42  ·  Rating details ·  221 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Book by Kelly, Walt
Paperback, 127 pages
Published May 1st 1972 by Simon & Schuster
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Nov 23, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: chuckleheads
Recommended to Charissa by: my daddy
Shelves: crack
My dad turned me onto Pogo years and years ago. One evening laying around his front room (which I am told is no longer called a parlor because of the Influenza epidemic of 1919), I spied (with my little eye) the spine of this Pogo book on his shelves. An hour later and my sides hurt from the laughing.

"Ah Pogo, the beauty of the forest primeval get me in the heart."

"It gets me in the feet, Porkypine"

(they look out at a forest full of junk and garbage dumped all over)

"It *is* hard walkin' on this
Meh. I'm a Walt Kelly fan, but late Pogo is a shadow of itself. The opening pages are original to the book, a rather plodding anti-pollution sequence. The strips that follow recount a minor narrative of an attempt to kidnap the pup dog, mixed with irrelevant other satirical matter, at least pertaining to that narrative. Does not really work as a coherent book. ...more
Oct 12, 2018 rated it liked it
POGO is so beautifully artistically executed by Walt Kelly. It's beautiful to look at and is cleverly written. This small compendium is a bit frustrating in the way it is constructed, however. It follows an environmental theme and then slam bangs into two storylines about two swamp denizens who think they kidnapped a valuable 'pup' dog, but actually have nabbed a baby skunk AND the other story is founded in Nixon era circa 1972 politics. ...more
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Pogo was one of the great cartoon strips of the mid 20th century, lampooning the foibles of our political class, among other things. The characters of the strip are unforgettable, set in the Okeefenokee swamp.
R David Foster
Nov 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Awesome !!!
May 31, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: 4cs, watched-first

Pogo is a character that I've heard a lot about, but, other than the odd stop-motion animation film that was made of the character, I knew almost nothing about. This collection, which I happened upon in my library, makes me want to read some more of his work. On the one hand I think that the specific story here, which is mainly reflecting the early environmental movement, is a bit too pat and "both sides are wrong/you need to start with changing yourself" for my taste, but there are still many a
Mar 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Adolescents and adults
Wonderful - pithy humor skewering the Nixon administration, so relevant again today it's spooky. The characters representing Agnew, Hoover and Mitchell could just as easily be stand-ins for various members of the Bush executive branch. It was funny partly because they took themselves so seriously while acting so crazy, and we have the same thing going on now. ...more
Mar 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Yeah, I bet you've always wondered where that phrase came from. It was Pogo.

Walt Kelly can't be beat, and he's being unbeaten again in this collection of Pogo strips from the 70s, dealing with pollution (back when we discovered such a thing existed) and assorted schemesters making mischief in the swamp.
Dave Schaafsma
Dec 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Dominick just reviewed this and I actually own it, and found it on my shelf. 1972! An original paperback (okay, I have a lot of originals from those days, so no biggie, really...). And agreed with him, not as good as earlier Pogo. But if you don't know Pogo, check him out! ...more
Dec 20, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everybody
Walt Kelly was a philosopher, commentator, and cartoonist, but very subtle. This is set in the 50s and I don't get all the characters/lampoons, but, damn, it's fun. All of the Pogo series are delicious. I Go Pogo! ...more
Nov 15, 2013 rated it liked it
I always liked Kelly's attention to detail in things like backgrounds, flora, furry textures...but I never really got the characters or believed that Kelly understood anything about a swamp setting as a whole. ...more
Acton Northrop
Feb 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
My first time reading the "third-greatest comic strip of all-time on every poll ever". It may be great cartooning but it's also cutesy and smarmy and self-satisfied. Ernie Bushmiller may be a hack but he can mop the floor with Walt Kelly any day of the week in my book. ...more
Feb 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humah
This is the political, dark, moody Pogo. For Sunday funnys try other books.
Jun 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Late-run Pogo still beats all.
Mar 14, 2008 rated it really liked it
Pogo is Pogo! Timeless and entertaining from cover to cover.
John Worpenberg
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Absolute magic,
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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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