Walt Kelly, for readers too young to remember (or too old to remember) was the creator and cartoonist for Pogo, a daily cartoon which ran from 1948 to 1975. WC has celebrated Kelly’s extraordinary work in past posts.1 But, since this is Friday the 13th and paraskevidekatriaphobia — a neologism derived from the combination of the Greek words Paraskeví (meaning Friday), and dekatreís (meaning thirteen), attached to phobia (meaning fear) — was a recurring theme of Kelly’s work, WC offers this prophetic piece from August 1965:
“Trump of Doom.” Heh.
The opossum is Pogo, after whom the strip is named. Pogo is the voice of reason and the sanest character in the strip. The mud turtle is Churchy le Femme, the least sensible of the major players, Churchy is superstitious to a fault, prone to panicking when for example, he discovers that Friday the 13th falls on a Wednesday.
And this Friday the 13th we do indeed have a Trump of Doom, in the White House of all places. There’s good reason to panic. Remember, Walt Kelly saw it all coming, clear back in 1965.
- The late Mort Kelly, the creator of Beetle Bailey, wrote of Kelly, “Hell, he could draw a tree that would send God and Joyce Kilmer back to the drawing board.” ↩