Walt Kelly and Homeland Security

What would Walt Kelly have thought? Who would have thunk it?

We’re going to be posting a few “Pogo” political cartoon panels that Walt Kelly copyrighted in 1952 and 1953. We certainly have no intention of ripping off Kelly’s estate, or whomsoever may legally be trying to eke out a living reprinting his books.

click this image to view the scanned 1952 Pogo cartoon sequence. Our point is to assert that if Kelly were still alive, he would feel right at home in our brave new world of investigations, security screening, legalized snooping, and suspension of constitutional rights. Even his cartoon characters could be the same, and might not need facelifts to symbolize contemporary 21st century players. The bad guys even look the same!

Who knew? Who does the guy on the left look like in the inset image tile? Who did he look like in 1952? Disclaimer: we have no idea. Judge for yourself. Caveat lector. Click here or on the image tile on the left to see the cartoon sequence and powerful, still-timely political message.

Cartoons are scanned from The Pogo Papers, copyright 1952 and 1953, by Walt Kelly, published by Simon & Schuster. The sequence begins in Book Five, “A Simple Case of Malarky”, Chapter 1, “In which a new member enters by way of the presidency and proceeds to point out a few holes in the constitution with the help of a twelve-gauge, single-barreled walking stick.”

Cast of Characters

Former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge is the Assistant to the President for Homeland Security. President George W. Bush signed an executive order on Oct. 8 establishing the Office of Homeland Security and the Homeland Security Council. White House photo by Eric Draper. Nice bar tan.

Senator Joseph McCarthy

1954-Army-McCarthy hearings on TV
Photo/Journal Sentinel files. One of the most despised figures in modern US history.

JSOnline Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

posted by Alex Forbes November 22, 2003

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