This time it’s the shelf on which my collection of Walt Kelly’s Pogo books resides.
When I was growing up, our family would visit my Aunt and Uncle every other Christmas, and I first saw Pogo books at their home. Soon after, I bought one, then another, of my own. So I’ve had Pogo books for a long time, some of the earlier paperbacks on the far right date to the late 1950s/early 1960s. I read every one of them many, many times.
Later, I came across the set with the blue covers and bought it, in spite of duplication. The problem with those books is that they’re on the small side.
More recently, I started buying Pogo: The Complete Daily & Sunday Comic Strips, the large volumes on the left. There are currently seven volumes, as you see.
Are you a fan of Pogo? Do you have any of these books?
Nice collection! I like a matching set. I do like Pogo but haven’t read any of them in many years. I don’t have any.
Matching sets are a nice thing, but it’s Pogo himself I love.
As you know, Rick, I am a Pogophile. that little possum is a clear-headed thinker in a muzzy-headed world. Er…swamp Sometimes I think we need him more than ever.
Yes, we do. I never tire of reading Pogo, though in sensible doses.
That is a lovely collection. Especially the Complete Daily & Sunday Comic Strips, which looks like it would be large enough to read relatively easily. There is a lot of text in some of those cartoon panels.
My father was a big fan of Pogo. So I grew up reading the comic.
Have you looked at any of the books as an adult?
Yes, but… probably in my twenties or thirties though. A long time ago.
Our librarian friends who live in Stockton have a framed original Pogo comic strip art that she bought him for their 30th anniversary.
I didn’t get it when I was a kid and never became a fan even though I now can see it for the quality work it was.
I get that, Bob, at first I saw it as a comic strip, looking for the gag, but I soon saw it was deeper. You’re right, it’s quality work. Kelly was very intelligent.
Yes, most Kelley’s are very intelligent! I grew up reading POGO and I might have a few paperbacks of the comic strips. But I tended to read DC and MARVEL during my comic book phase. You have a very nice collection!
Thanks. I never view these as “comic books”. The format is different, since these are paperbacks, and the content is different. For comic books, I read the Disney ones, MM, Scrooge, DD, Comics & Stories. Then I started reading DC, Superman and Green Lantern.
I meant to buy Kevin Pogo books when he was so enamored with comics. I waited too long.
Never too late for Pogo, these aren’t “funny books”. I get more out of them now than when I was a kid.