Tuesday, December 02, 2008

King Jack

Tuesday newspaper Strip Day.

Of all the Pogo imitations of the fifties King Aroo has the best reputation. Strictly speaking it is not really a Pogo imitation, even though it started after Pogo became a runaway hit. It has more of Krazy Kat than anythings else. What it does not have is recognizable characters. Maybe the mouse throwing a brick at the cat was a bit of an old trickby the late forties, but at kleast the readers knew what they were getting.King Aroo is nothing more than a King walking around in his kingdom and meeting weird characters, who all have the same childlike sense of play an humor. And an unhealthy love of puns. After the first few years, the strip was selfsyndicated and it limped on for at least another ten years. Strange,as it seems to turn up in every newspaper I buy. Jack Kent went on to do children's books and wrote cover gags and other material for Mad magazine.

Two weeks of the earlier version, when it looked even more like Pogo and had some sort of continuety.













Four Sundays from 1956. The design was still great, but there is little else to read this strip for.




9 comments:

JohnK said...

Hey Ger

interesting stuff!

Hey do you know of a short-lived strip from the mid-sixties about a little blonde boy who had a boat and maybe a duck or some pet, and they went on adventures?

It was cartoony-I think the boy had a sailor cap...

The kid had long shoes with Kelly like cross-hatching on them.

I remember as a kid loving the strip, then it disappeared and I haven't found it since.

Keep up the good work!

John

Ger Apeldoorn said...

Hi, John! Your Obama statue finally made it to the Dutch news, as part of an item on all the new hot Obama memarobelia.

Charlie B said...

Fascinating! I wasn't aware of the Pogo imitators. You're right, it's obvious in King Aroo, in the dialogue all the way through and the early art.

I hope you were being fond when you wrote, "little else to read this strip for." I find it charming, in a substanceless-sort-of-way. I enjoyed both the Wolf and Sea serpent.

Andy Mansell said...

Thanks for the strips. I paid 45.00 for a beat up copy of the King Aroo paperback and I would do pay it again to replace it. Besides the issue of Nemo, comics Revue and the TCJ Special edition, do you know where any other KA strips are avaialble?

Thanks!

Joseph said...

I'M SEARCHING FOR CARTOON STRIP AND NAME OF THE ARTIST OR ARTISTS. TWO EXPLORERS IN THE JUNGLE CAPTURED BY THE NATIVES AND ABOUT TO BE BOILED FOR DINNER. I THINK THE COMIC STRIP APPEARED BETWEEN 1940 TO 1950. I'M NOT SURE I THINK THE ARTIST IS WOMAN

Ger Apeldoorn said...

I am seeing this late, but I'll be on the look-out for the boy and pet having adventures in the midsixties and the two explorers about to be boiled by natives in the forties. There are many strips from the sixties I haven't shown yet. There seem to have been as many failed or aborted strips in that decade as in the fifties. In the first part they were usually at least interesting, when everyone tried to get into the 'modern' act. Was that forties strip a cartoon or realisticly drawn? Not too many cartoon strips with a jungle theme about around that time. Could have been an ad strip. They used that sort of cliché set-up. And the woman cartoonist doesn't ring a bell either.

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Paul Tumey said...

Hey Ger, thanks for posting. Great stuff. Just wanted to mention to your readers and King Aroo fans that the deluxe $40 US IDW book appears to have been remaindered and can be picked up cheap (I got one for $3). I suspect this is one of those strips that grows on you as you read it... so a big book of Aroo might be a nice thing for a comics fan