“I refuse to have a battle of wits with an unarmed person.”
– Pogo, comic strip by Walt Kelly (1913-1973)
Born: 1913 : : : Died: 1973
Job Description: Cartoonist
Worked in: Comic books and newspaper strips
Noted for: Pogo, Disney work and more
Kelly grew up in Bridgeport, Connecticut and began his newspaper career there before moving to California in pursuit of his future wife. He was one of more than 1500 animators working for Walt Disney in 1941 when that group went on strike. Kelly moved back east and began work for Dell Comics eventually creating the strip “Pogo.”
This strip was the forerunner of later politically barbed comics such as “Doonesbury”. Kelly is cited as an influence by cartoonists as diverse as Bill Watterson (Calvin and Hobbes) and R. Crumb (Fritz the Cat, etc).