Animal Comics

    (Dell, 1941-1947)
™ and ©1946 Oskar Lebeck

Animal Comics, one of the many “funny-books” for young kids from the 1940s, introduced one of the endearing classics of the funny animal world, Walt Kelly’s Pogo the Possum. Pogo, a playful and surprisingly cunning possum, and his pals Albert the Alligator, Owl, and Churchy Turtle, inhabit the wacky world of Okeefenokee Swamp and speak in the laconic drawl of the bayou. Kelly and other contributors played Pogo strictly for laughs during the first few years in Animal Comics, but when the strip was picked up for syndication in newspaper comic sections, Pogo took on an epic allegorical and sociological dimension, and is considered one of the great satirical works of the century.

The surrounding features in Animal Comics didn’t live up to the high standards of Pogo, but served up the usual light entertainment that the funny animal genre dependably provided.

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   NotesWriterArtist

#1

  12/1/1942
  $0.10
  $900.00
No copies available
 1st Appearance of PogoWalt KellyWalt Kelly

#2

  2/1/1943
  $0.10
  $450.00
No copies available
 Uncle Wiggly startsWalt KellyWalt Kelly

#3

  6/1/1943
  $0.10
  $270.00
No copies available
  Walt Kelly, Justin Gruelle, Majorie BarrowsWalt Kelly, Justin Gruelle, Robert Graefa, Marjorie Barrows

#4

  8/1/1943
  $0.10
  $150.00
No copies available
 No Pogo  

#5

  10/1/1943
  $0.10
  $300.00
No copies available
 Pogo and Albert appear in the Wiggly storyWalt KellyWalt Kelly

#6

  12/1/1943
  $0.10
  $140.00
No copies available
 No PogoHoward R. Garis, Tom Hickey, Majorie BarrowsHoward R. Garis, Tom Hickey, Marjorie Barrows, Justin Gruelle, Arthur Jamison

#7

  2/1/1944
  $0.10
  $135.00
No copies available
 No Pogo Walt Kelly

#8

  4/1/1944
  $0.10
  $225.00
No copies available
  Walt KellyWalt Kelly

#9

  6/1/1944
  $0.10
  $225.00
No copies available
Wiggily War Bonds cover Walt KellyWalt Kelly

#10

  8/1/1944
  $0.10
  $225.00
No copies available
  Walt KellyWalt Kelly

#11

  10/1/1944
  $0.10
  $285.00
1 copy available for $37.00
Children’s comic cover featuring cigarette smoking Walt KellyWalt Kelly

#12

  12/1/1944
  $0.10
  $170.00
No copies available
  Walt KellyWalt Kelly

#13

  2/1/1945
  $0.10
  $170.00
No copies available
  Walt KellyWalt Kelly

#14

  4/1/1945
  $0.10
  $170.00
No copies available
First Churchy LeFemme cover Walt KellyWalt Kelly

#15

  6/1/1945
  $0.10
  $170.00
No copies available
  Walt KellyWalt Kelly

#16

  8/1/1945
  $0.10
  $140.00
No copies available
First Pogo cover (in background) Walt KellyWalt Kelly

#17

  10/1/1945
  $0.10
  $130.00
No copies available
First all Pogo/Albert Cover Walt KellyWalt Kelly

#18

  12/1/1945
  $0.10
  $130.00
No copies available
  Walt KellyWalt Kelly

#19

  2/1/1946
  $0.10
  $130.00
No copies available
  Walt KellyWalt Kelly

#20

  4/1/1946
  $0.10
  $130.00
No copies available
Albert the Aligator chases Uncle Wiggily on back cover Walt KellyWalt Kelly

#21

  6/1/1946
  $0.10
  $105.00
No copies available
  Howard R. Garis, Walt KellyHoward R. Garis, Walt Kelly

#22

  8/1/1946
  $0.10
  $93.00
No copies available
  Howard R. Garis, Walt KellyHoward R. Garis, Walt Kelly

#23

  10/1/1946
  $0.10
  $83.00
No copies available
  Walt KellyWalt Kelly

#24

  12/1/1946
  $0.10
  $105.00
No copies available
 First JiggerWalt KellyWalt Kelly

#25

  2/1/1947
  $0.10
  $98.00
No copies available
 First Walt Kelly credit on a Pogo storyWalt KellyWalt Kelly

#26

  4/1/1947
  $0.10
  $80.00
No copies available
  Walt KellyWalt Kelly

#27

  6/1/1947
  $0.10
  $80.00
1 copy available for $15.00
First Rover cover Walt KellyWalt Kelly

#28

  8/1/1947
  $0.10
  $80.00
No copies available
  Walt KellyWalt Kelly

#29

  10/1/1947
  $0.10
  $109.00
2 copies available from $12.00
  Walt KellyWalt Kelly

#30

  12/1/1947
  $0.10
  $80.00
No copies available
 Final IssueBiff, Dan Noonan, Gaylord Du Bois, Harriet Smith Hawley, Howard R. Garis, Walt KellyBiff, Dan Noonan, Howard R. Garis, Morris Gollub, Walt Kelly