Art Collectors: Contribute to Pogo Book

Today’s Journalista has this announcement:

We are requesting the help of Pogo collectors who may have original art or high quality reproductions of Walt Kelly’s Pogo strip.

We are currently assembling Walt Kelly’s Pogo: The Complete Daily & Sunday Strips. We are looking for the best possible black-and-white reproduction of both Sundays and dailies — especially the Sundays. If you have original art or proofs that you would be willing to let us scan, we would be grateful if you’d contact us. You may e-mail me directly at (Please put POGO in the header). Thank you.

Gary Groth
Fantagraphics Books

Pogo: The Complete Daily & Sunday Strips cover
Pogo: The Complete Daily & Sunday Strips
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I think it’s terrific that the internet makes it easy for publishers to turn out the best books possible through widespread communication and searches like this. I do find myself wondering, though… just what kind of recompense do the art owners get? I’d hope at least a free copy of the book.

5 Responses to “Art Collectors: Contribute to Pogo Book”

  1. Ed Sizemore Says:

    Johanna, Kelly was infamous for giving away original art, so my sympathies to Fantagraphics. With the Complete Peanuts collection, I think contributors are only getting an acknowledgment. I wonder if projects like this make enough money to give away copies to all the contributors. I can’t wait for this series to come out. I’ve wanted a complete run of Pogo for 20 years now.

  2. Bill D. Says:

    I think it’d be hilarious if the world’s largest collector of Pogo strips and original art was revealed to be Harlan Ellison. But maybe that’s just me.

  3. Meredith Cunningham Says:

    Dear Sir or Madame,
    I have two drawings that are original walt kelly drawings.

    He used to hang out with my father who was a Today Show reporter and they are on the stationary when he visited. They are both autographed to Paul (Cunningham) and signed.

    One is of Pogo and the other one is a guy with a straw hat on him. Both are about
    six or seven inches long and four or five inches wide.

    Do you have any idea what they may be worth?
    Thanks for your attention.

    Meredith Cunningham

  4. Johanna Says:

    I’m sorry, I don’t. Your best bet is to locate a reputable comic art dealer and ask them for an estimate.

  5. Alyson Crawford Says:

    Hey folks,
    My grandfather (Kennith) met Walt Kelly back in 1961. Mr. Kelly put my grandfather’s name on one of the comics. “Good Ol’ Kenny” was the name of a boat. My grandfather lost his copy of the comic and I would love to recover it for him. If anybody can help me find it please email me at Thank you




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