Down in the Okefenokee

Pogo – Earth Day 1971 poster – Walt Kelly

This is the first Earth Day poster (1971) from Walt Kelly and the gang down in the Okefenokee. Although Walt Kelly took ecology as his personal cause, he was highly political in other ways. Many of his cartoons are subtle references to McCarthy and the HUAAC thugs.

He died in 1973 after a long battle with diabetes and his grave is unmarked and unknown. He would hate the world today. Sometimes, I think I hear the little voices of Pogo and gang looking sadly at our world and wondering what will become of their beloved swamp … and the rest of the wild places.

Albert Carrying Pogo - Walt Kelly

Albert Carrying Pogo – Walt Kelly (Photo credit: Lynn (Gracie’s mom))



Categories: Animals, Ecology, Ethics and Philosophy, History, Humor, Nature

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  1. I remember Pogo. It was one of the few “funnies” I actually read.

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    • Me too. I remembered that it just stopped and I had forgotten why. Turns out he died. I had also forgotten how relevant he was. But it was 40+ years ago so details have gotten a trifle fuzzy.

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