Pogo's 'Deck Us All With Boston Charlie:' A Walt Kelly Christmas Carol
POGO: "Deck Us All With Boston Charlie" () by Walt Kelly | Pogo, Comics, Comic books
As the first snows of December drift across my South St Louis windows, and the last shards of Thanksgiving turkey find their way into the requisite casseroles, cold cuts, and cauldrons of stock, I find myself harkening back to early Advent Sundays of yore. As I boy growing up in Detroit in the s, I loved watching my mother collapse the last of her gargantuan Thanksgiving feast into a few impossibly crammed Tupperware containers and stuff the serving platters, gravy boats, and silver-plate cutlery away for their long sleep through the seasons until the following November. While my father wrestled with the Christmas tree and cursed our cat as it grinned Cheshire-style from the upper branches, my mother would softly sing carols to herself or hum along to the holiday classics on the kitchen radio. My family loved Christmas for many reasons — togetherness, food, faith, and even frantic shopping — but mostly we adored the way it gave rise to an unusual number of opportunities for great stories and copious laughter. Those post-Thanksgiving radio carols were our first inklings that more manic Christmas cheer would soon come rolling in on an eggnog tsunami of tinsel, gingerbread, Grinches, and Good Old Charlie Brown holiday specials. Every year, though, one particular tune ran a bit askew of the more traditional standards.
Kelly's version of the song, mixes winks towards Shakespeare with malapropisms and just straight up gibberish to make one of the weirdest Christmas tunes of the Groovy era. The song became a tradition in Pogo , with Kelly always working some version of it into the comic strip during the lead-up to Christmas. In the s, Walt Kelly was just off a short stint at Disney when he put ink to paper and dreamt up one of the most popular comic strips of the era.
Post a Comment No comments that use abusive or vulgar language or point out that a character is Not Wearing a Sign. DO NOT use the homophobic term "homosexual. But what about the lyrics? Fans clamored to know what they meant. At first Kelly claimed that they were pure nonsense.