Walt Kelly started his career at age 13 in Connecticut as a cartoonist and reporter for the Bridgeport Post. In , he moved to Los Angeles and joined the Walt Disney Studio, where he worked on classic animated films, including Pinocchio , Dumbo , and Fantasia. Rather than take sides in a bitter labor strike, he moved back east in and began drawing comic books. It was during this time that Kelly created Pogo Possum. The character first appeared in Animal Comics as a secondary player in the Albert the Alligator feature. It didn't take long until Pogo became the comic's leading character.
The Most Controversial Comic Strip
Great but Forgotten: Pogo (comic strip)
Pogo , popular 20th-century American comic-strip character, a cartoon possum who was the main actor in an often politically charged daily newspaper strip of the same name. Pogo Possum represented Everyman, though he was a classic comedic straight man among the denizens of Okefenokee Swamp , a community outside of Waycross , Georgia. Howland Owl; and others. Perhaps most notably, on several occasions he was pressured by his friends to run for president of the United States.
It was also frequently censored. During the s, Walt Kelly created the most popular comic strip in the United States. His strip was about an opossum named Pogo and his swamp-dwelling friends.
There are many contenders for the best newspaper comic strip of all time. Peanuts was great, and massively popular. Calvin and Hobbes was great in all respects. Pogo was created by Walt Kelly.