Thursday, November 15, 2012

Rare Walt Kelly TV GUIDE Art-1969

When POGO comic strip creator Walt Kelly brought the denizens of the Okefenokee to TV in May of 1969 in Chuck Jones' POGO'S SPECIAL BIRTHDAY SPECIAL, the artist created these delightful exclusive illustrations for TV GUIDE. The show itself wasn't popular. Over the years, many have deduced that to be because it wasn't pure Chuck Jones and it wasn't pure Walt Kelly. Either one might have been better but unlike Jones' successful collaborations with Dr. Seuss, this one just didn't seem to work well. In TV GUIDE, however, we had pure Walt Kelly with nary a mention of Uncle Chuck!


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