Kelly then worked for Dell Comics, a division of Western Publishing of Racine, Wisconsin.
They don't hurt as easily, and it's possible to make them more believable in an exaggerated pose." Pogo, formerly a "spear carrier" according to Kelly, quickly took center stage, assuming the straight man role that Bumbazine had occupied.
Both were comic foils for a young black character named Bumbazine (a corruption of bombazine, a fabric that was usually dyed black and used largely for mourning wear), who lived in the swamp.
Bumbazine was retired early, since Kelly found it hard to write for a human child.
Pogo is the title and central character of a long-running daily American comic strip, created by cartoonist Walt Kelly (1913–1973) and distributed by the Post-Hall Syndicate.
Set in the Okefenokee Swamp of the southeastern United States, the strip often engaged in social and political satire through the adventures of its anthropomorphic funny animal characters.
He eventually phased humans out of the comics entirely, preferring to use the animal characters for their comic potential.
Kelly said he used animals — "nature's screechers," as he called them — "largely because you can do more with animals.
He went to California at age 22 to work on Donald Duck cartoons at Walt Disney Studios in 1935.
He stayed until the animators' strike in 1941 as an animator on The Nifty Nineties, The Little Whirlwind, Pinocchio, Fantasia, Dumbo and The Reluctant Dragon.