|King Aroo (1953) [Collection]|
by Jack Kent
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This eponymously-titled tome was the only collection ever published of reprints (1950 - 1952) from the comic strip King Aroo. Set in the modern fairytale kingdom of Myopia, the strip is strongly reminiscent of Walt Kelly's Pogo, both in drawing style and overall mood, though Kent never dabbled in politics like Kelly; Myopia was a self-contained neverwhere whose problems were uniquely its own, not a satire on the outside world. Major characters were: Yupyop, Lord High Almost Everything (seen valeting the King's train on the cover) ; Mr. Pennipost the kangaroo mailman, with near-infinite pocket capacity; Mr. Elephant, so forgetful he sometimes doesn't remember who he is; Professor Yorgle, scientific expert on all and sundry; Dipody Distich, court poet (a nosy bird/bard with a beret), and Wanda Witch, another birdy creature, who pushes a cart marked "Spells and Curses 5¢" (a prize in every pack!) reminding us of Lucy's psychiatry stand in Peanuts. (Wanda doesn't cast spells...she pitches 'em.) The strip was rarely knee-slappingly funny or sharply satirical, but its amiable atmosphere and amusing-looking characters made Myopia a nice place to visit.
Original title: King Aroo
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Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction→ Humor
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