Walt Kelly's Fables and Funnies: Dell Comics Stories 1942-1949
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Walt Kelly; Compiled by David W. Tosh
"As John Petty's introduction makes clear, this book looks beyond the usual fascination -- well deserved, of course -- with Walt Kelly's "Pogo" comic strips to a fruitful time when Kelly, after working on Disney's "Fantasia," "Dumbo," and "Pinocchio" and before developing "Pogo" worked for Western Publishing and Dell Comics. What we find here is a mixture of one-page presentations of nursery rhymes and longer narratives, most 6 to 20 pages in length, gathered here in six chapters. One sample coming close to some fable situations is "Elephunnies" (83-90), but the story goes through many stages. I think Kelly is at his best presenting and parodying traditional nursery rhymes. "Sing a Song of Sixpence" and other nursery rhymes are played straight with delightful cartoons on 141-150. A good example of playing with nursery rhymes is "Mix-up" on 116. Other than the pairing of fox and crow on 206, I can find no reference to or use of Aesopic fable materials here. But, oh, the visual artistry is exquisite! People reading "Fables" in the title here will wonder if there really are fables, and so I keep the book in the collection."
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