Friday, July 31, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Which 1966-67 world leader is this little Prince of Pompadoodle with a Hi, L (heil) salute? He has a uniform similar to Marshal Tito, but that makes no sense. Seems like a big white horse ought to be a clue, but, I dunno. A lot of this phase of satire goes over my head. But my interest is more in Kelly's art, and boy, the art shore is purty.
Okay, so now who is this little chicken? He appeared several times in Kelly pieces as the Prince of Pompadoodle, but here he appears to take on a semi-specific satirical guise. One clue is his use of the heil (Hy, L) sign, which he will do at least one more time. The German Chancellor at the time had some connection to the Nazi party during the war, but I don't know. Maybe a Soviet reference? I'm just not familiar with the source of this particular satire. Anyone?
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
This Sunday strip demonstrates effectively the difference that coloration makes.
First, the obvious, comparing it to the art, sans color, posted below. The black and white ink work is magnificent, but color breathes in life and atmosphere.
Secondly, notice how the panel backgrounds have a variety of color, as opposed to many of the Sundays having the same bland yellow backgrounds. This strip has a feeling of richness and texture (and of course it helps that the whale is so beautifully rendered) and personally I love the SPLORSH panel.
I don't know what those little black dots are all over the color strip. They're part of the printing, but I don't see them as being registration marks, yet they are deliberate by some print directive.
Oh, and Jim, the dove appears to be a proper white. This strip seems more like Kelly had a hand in coloring, hmm?
Y'gotta really stretch your mind to understand what Kelly's referring to. Hmmm, gotta smell the winner's breath...hmm.
This was extra art for the book, it was not a daily strip. Notice how detail of the lion has subsided.
Monday, July 27, 2009
This lion is an homage of sorts to T.S. Sullivant, one of Kelly's great early influences. Speaking of assessment, toward the end of the Pandemonia arc we'll do some assessing of this series, Kelly and his art and we'll showcase a bit of Sullivant.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
What this gorgeous Sunday may lack in cuteness, it more than makes up for in zowie-ness. Out of 20 years of Pogo Sundays, this was another of the very few that didn't have a tree or trees behind the logo.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
How many cartoonists could or would draw complete airplanes, not just on one day's strip, but several, from different angles, in complete detail? And as far as I can tell, over the years, Steve Canyon's Milton Caniff was the 2nd most often referenced real person, Charles Schulz being the #1.
This is actually one strip split into two posts. The reason being is that this half was printed in the paper and the book, and the 2nd half, in the next post, was printed in the paper only. They had to edit somewhere, y'know.
Friday, July 24, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
In just a few weeks of real-time, we've come around to one year of posts of Pogo in Pandemonia.
We're not done by any means, but ladies and gentlemen, we have started our descent—in preparation for landing, please make sure your seat backs and tray tables are in their full upright position. No, no, really, we still have a ways to go.
This is another nice 'back home' strip. I really like this calendar of Owl's, especially the six months of October.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
This is one of my favorite daily Pandemonia strips. The unicorn looks great, the message is good, the last panel is so unusual for a Pogo strip, and look there--we see Doc without his topper--well, sorta.