New York: Simon and Schuster, 1954. Walt Kelly. First Edition, First Printing. Pictorial Wrappers. Small 4to (9 3/4" x 6 1/2"), mainly green pictorial wrappers with black-white-&-yellow designs and lettering, profusely illustrated with cartoons by Walt Kelly, cartoon endpapers,  cartoon pages +  Eenie Finis +  Afterword. Very Good / None. Item #7001
Walter Crawford Kelly, Jr. (1913 – 1973), commonly known as Walt Kelly, was an American animator and cartoonist, best known for the comic strip POGO. The individual strips were collected into at least 20 books edited by Kelly. One of the best is THE POGO STEPMOTHER GOOSE. Walt received the Reuben Award for the series in 1951.
The principal characters were Pogo the Possum, Albert the Alligator, Churchy LaFemme, a turtle, Howland Owl, Beauregard (Houndog), Porkypine, and Miz Mamzelle Hepzibah, an attractive French skunk.
Contains such classic send-ups as: Robin, The Red Breasted Hood; Willow the Wasp; Hot Cross Buns; The Black Sheep; Hark, Hark! The Dogs Do; The Cow Jumped Over the Mood...and other humorous effusions.
Kelly used the strip for his liberal and humanistic political and social views and satirized Senator Joseph McCarthy's anti-Communist demagogy, as well as the dogmatic behavior of Communists in the form of two comic cowbirds.
SUPERIOR COPY: tight, clean, slightly cocked with minimal rubbing but uniform age-toning due to the post-war paper.