and today's black and white artist is Walt Kelly!
Comics enthusiasts know that artist Walt Kelly created Pogo Possum in 1941, along with Albert Alligator, Howland Owl, Churchy LaFemme, Porky Pine, li'l Grundoon, and all the rest of the menagerie of swampland characters.
In 1965 Kelly produced a comic for the U.S. Government, specifically for the Department of Labor. Entitled POGO - WELCOME TO THE BEGINNING, it was designed to target young adults and help guide them into the labor force. Published by the Neighborhood Youth Corps, it wasn't heavy handed, but like anything Kelly created it was light, fluffy, whimsical, and amusing.
This was the second comic Kelly produced for the government (or the Gum'mint, as Pogo or Albert might say). In 1961 Kelly created Primer For Parents, about parental guidance regarding TV usage by children,
But that is another story.
Pogo is used as bookends, for introduction and wrap-up, while the main character is an amiable Kelly tiger, possibly Pogo's Tammananny Tiger.
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You can enjoy another great Walt Kelly POGO story by clicking here!
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