There was a whole shelf of Pogo books, collections of the comic strip about the swamp-dwelling possum and his pals, old ones from the 1950s and 60s, at my grandparents' house when I was a kid (my grandfather was a big fan). I, knowing that most everyone in my family found them amusing, and a source of catch phrases (we still go around telling each other that we are "jes' fine"), dipped in to them from time to time. I sometimes found them amusing too, and particularly liked the character of Churc
After my Mom & Dad got married, she saved every daily & Sunday Pogo comic strip in a pair of scrap books; and then Walt Kelly and Simon & Schuster released them in a paperback edition. Then she and Dad collected every book as they came out, as well as several of the nickel comics; and I still have all of them.
Walt Kelly's wordplay is priceless. Several quotes from the early Pogo strips have worked their way into my lexicon. "Reciprovocation is the spites of life, monsieur!"
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