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thanks for this post! really interesting, amusing, and good context.

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I have those old books of Pogo reprints, I got into them when I was just turning 10, I think. The later stuff (from the 1960s, IIRC) is so political it’s hard to read, but I loved the early stuff even before I knew it was about politics. I wish I knew where those books are now – I probably still have them somewhere. Thanks for this post, it brought back good memories.

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Did…did that vulture eat them both?

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Did…did that vulture eat them both?

He tried, but Kelly brought him back a few weeks later to reveal that there wasn’t anything left to eat.

And I’m not giving much away by saying that in 1953, the familiar comics rule already applied: if nobody finds an actual dead body, nobody’s actually dead.

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I have an original Pogo book that my mom gave to me because I always loved comics — it was so old and yellow it had fallen out of its binding.

The pages weren’t numbered, so I spent many hours as a kid reading the strips and sorting out the flow of the stories so that I could rearrange them in order (this was in the early 1990s).

I have a lot of love for Pogo.

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Wow, I just realized that the book I was reading as a kid was a first edition of the very first collection published in 1951. The “we have met the enemy, and he is us” line is in there.

Wow.

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Wait… that line isn’t in there. I’ve just read it so many times that I thought it was. There’s a summary of the strips in the book here that makes it clear — I remember the Adam Bomb pretty fondly for obvious reasons :)

How odd that I misremembered that. Now I have to go write an email to my mother to make sure she still has the book on her shelf where I left it.

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Mary Warner said on February 17th, 2010 at 1:00 am

Yeah, I thought I’d read that the famous ‘met the enemy’ line was from much later. (The late 60s, I assume. I know it was an environmental story.)

I’ve never had a chance to read Pogo, aside from brief excerpts like those shown here. I really wish the local library would get some books, if they ever do get published.

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I’ve never had a chance to read Pogo, aside from brief excerpts like those shown here. I really wish the local library would get some books, if they ever do get published.

My recollection is that graphic novels tend to take a lot of abuse in public libraries. Pogo is old — my 1951 edition is falling apart despite being a de facto family heirloom. It wouldn’t have lasted 10 years in a public library.

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TheMountain said on February 21st, 2010 at 12:26 pm

I have several Pogo books, including the big first collection: “Ten everlovin, blue-eyed years with Pogo” and an original printing of “The Jack Acid Society Black Book”. Unfortunately, none of mine would have lasted in the library either. The later anthologies were so poorly bound that the glue has dried out and all the pages are falling out. I’m missing several pages from the “Great Brain Burgle” series. Thanks for finally showing some love to one of the truly great early comic artists.

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Howland Owl said “We have met the enemy and he is us.” (Copyright 1970.) At the same time, Pogo said “Albert!”, because Albert had dropped his cigar in the lemonade.

http://spicetrader.net/gallery/Pogo-015.jpg

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The genesis of the line came in an essay published with a collection of strips that I can’t track down, but was later quoted in “Ten Ever-Lovin’ Blue-Eyed Years with Pogo” in 1959: “Resolve then, that on this very ground, with small flags waving and tinny blasts on tiny trumpets, we may meet the enemy, and not only may he be ours, he may be us.”

Do you have the second Simple J. Malarkey sequence, which ran in Aug.-Oct. 1954?

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Is there an archive base for these cartoons involving Simple J Malarkey (Senator McCarthy)? I want to reference the cartoons as primary sources but don’t know the date of publication/page number/issue number etc

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