Volume 4, Under the Bamboozle Bush

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"Here in Volume 4 we see the exit (and facial concealment) of Simple J. Malarky, roughly coinciding with disappearance from public life--and soon after, the planet--of Marlarkey's look-alike, Senator Joseph McCarthy. We see another presidential donnybrook with the Okefenokee P.O.V. of the differences between current President Dwight D. Eisenhower and aspiring president Adlai Stevenson. We see the crusading of the porcine equivalent of the First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, Nikita Khrushchev. And we see the usual merriment and squabbling of Pogo and his friends, which so often parallels the merriment and squabbling of those around us." From inside the front cover.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Gary Groth ; [2017]
ISBN: 9781606998632
Branch Call Number: 741.5973 KELLY
Characteristics: xii, 348 pages : chiefly illustrations (some color) ; 24 x 29 cm.
Alternative Title: Under the bamboozle bush


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Mar 13, 2018

One of the most boisterous and literary comic strips, this 1950’s material is mostly still hilarious (if a little dated in places). Even the political stuff (such as Pogo running for president against his will) is still funny, pointing out the stupidity inherent in the American system (and in political systems everywhere, by implication). Part of the humor is the animals’ continual mispronunciation of words (“suitabobble”, “egg-zackly”, “hunkleberry”) which makes them look like the rest of us: seemingly knowing what we’re talking about but actually not quite sure which left hand is the right one. This also contains one of the great classic insults of all time: “As usual, your quiet, stupid dignity clothes a mind as alert as a bucket full of warm mutton fat.” More recent animal characters, such as Garfield, Opus, Bill the Cat, and (Calvin and) Hobbes owe a lot to this material too, and the artwork is excellent though often understated in the background. Anyone interested in comics, or the history of comics, should give this at least a casual glance.


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