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Anticipation for this book has been building ever since Fantagraphics announced the launch of a completed Pogo four years ago. If readers don't know the work of Walt Kelly (1913-1973), they should. His cartoons about Pogo Possum and his funny anthropomorphic associates aren't just high points in comic strip history; his owls, alligators, mud turtles, and hound dogs are participants in one of America's longest running (1948-1975) and most brilliant political and social satires. With surprisingly audacity and often masterful subtlety, Kelly attacked McCarthyism, Nixon White House abuses and other targets. The first volume of a projected twelve covers the first two years of Pogo and manages to capture both the liveliness of his art and the rapier force of his message.