Thursday, June 21, 2007

Human-type beings, by Walt Kelly





After POGO became a newspaper strip, actual humans to my knowledge, never appeared among the characters. (I don't know if any of the characters in "Pandemonia" count, since it's another planet). He illustrated several books including drawings of real people, though. These are from a book by his friend Fred Schwed Jr, a comedic memoir called THE PLEASURE WAS ALL MINE, THE JOURNAL OF AN UNDISAPPOINTED MAN. Funny title.

10 comments:

John S. said...

Ahhhhhhh WALT KELLY!!! These are great!!
I have a few of these non-Pogo Kelly books in my collection. 2 of them are due to YOU sir! I have "Pleasure" here at work. I love the bursh work in that book. It's looser than his Pogo work, but the drawing is so spot on and tight. For me, everything begins and ends with Kelly. Have you seen any of his non-Pogo comics work? It's interresting to see how his style evolved after he left Disney. Check out the "Our Gang" compilations that Fantagraphics is doing. Neat stuff!
Thanks for posting these!!!

Bill said...

Walt Kelly has the most amazing line quality. Thanks for posting these, I hadn't really seen any of his humans before.

Max Ward said...

Never seen Walt Kelly draw people...they are great, I might like them better than the Pogo characters....maybe..

David Nethery said...

Thanks for posting these , Will. I haven't seen these Kelly drawings before. I love Walt Kelly's work . It continues to inspire me year after year . I'm stoked that Fantagraphics is putting out a hard-bound collection of the Pogo daily and Sunday strips , similar format to the Peanuts and Dennis the Menace volumes they've released recently.


Max Ward wrote:
"Never seen Walt Kelly draw people"

Max, see if you can locate the book "The Pogo Stepmother Goose" (check eBay from time to time) . Kelly's story in that volume entitled "The Town On the Edge of the End" is mostly human beans.

pbcbstudios said...

those are great!

Amy said...

I never get tired of looking at Kelly drawings. I wish I could control a nib pen one HUNDREDTH as well as he could.

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Tasch said...

Wow, these are really great. I love Walt Kelly, but hadn't seen his humans. His ink work is amazing and he's got a great variation of line. Does anyone know what brush and/or pen nib he used?

RFarmiloe said...

God!! What great drawings!!!! I wonder if a lot of people today really appreciate how great Walt was! Most only know his POGO stuff...but those numbers seem to be dwindling as well. It's so important to keep these cartoon pioneers in the spotlight as much as possible. They really were the BEST!!! Thanks Will! Keep those inspiring drawings coming!!!

Chris Battle said...

That one on the bottom is truly amazing.