Friday, October 07, 2011
"Ah swoons to think of how Albert will be outdid."
Time for our Glee and Perloo Society meeting. Welcome to those of you who showed up.
Albert and Pogo give another lesson, drawn by Walt Kelly, in how to make us laugh. This strip appeared in Dell Four Color #105, Albert the Alligator and Pogo Possum. It's an unwieldy title, which Kelly mercifully shortened to just Pogo, when Pogo became star of the strip.
The story is set in Swampy Lagoon, rather than Okefenokee. Pogo and Albert, and the only human character, Bumbazine, here playing the part of "Mister Engineer," are the only characters in this strip we recognize. The others are just character actors and extras, none of them part of the regular strip a few years later. Like Michael Jackson, Pogo had his nose bobbed a few times, and his appearance changed much before his final version. This ratty-looking creature is a real possum (actually an opossum), the only North American marsupial:
Kelly had to do some work to cute up a critter like that. Albert stayed pretty much the same from the beginning, with some modifications over the years. If an alligator could be made cute, then Kelly did it.