Monday, December 21, 2009

Nora's Freezin' On The Trolley

Walt Kelly himself:
This represents the first use nationally of the carol "Deck Us All With Boston Charlie." Although incomplete here, it was later expanded to include a couple of other baffling lines. Its first appearance was in the New York Star, Christmas 1948. It probably has something to do with my personal animosity toward those who worship the buck rather than the reindeer. As they say in North Bound-busses, "Everybody talkin' 'bout Christmas ain't goin' there."
So. New York Star, Christmas 1948. You might notice, though, if you get out the magnifying glass (if you're reading this on a computer, just click the picture) that the copyright on the strip reads "1949, N.Y. Post Corp." Kelly explains:
The first of the Pogo strips to be distributed nationally, starting in May 1949, came from a selection of material from the New York Star. This ill-fated newspaper had a brief but gaudy life from June 1948 until January 1949. In an unguarded moment, management decided to entrust me with the duties of political cartoonist, art director, comic-strip editor and comic-strip artist. Thus, loaded with Kelly art, the Star plunged out of orbit after a staggering eight months of furious activity. We might not have been so active, but we were certianly furious.
Ten Ever-Lovin' Blue-Eyed Years With Pogo, by Walt Kelly, 1959.