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Cremins, Brian. "Bumbazine, Blackness, and the Myth of the Redemptive South in Walt Kelly’s Pogo." Comics and the U.S. South. Eds. Brannon Costello and Qiana J. Whitted. Jackson: Univ. Press of Mississippi, 2012. 29–61. 
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Resource type: Book Chapter
Language: en: English
DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617030185.003.0002
BibTeX citation key: Cremins2012
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Categories: General
Keywords: "Pogo", Comic strip, Ethnicity, Kelly. Walt, USA
Creators: Costello, Cremins, Whitted
Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi (Jackson)
Collection: Comics and the U.S. South
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The swamp occupies a central place in the history of American comic strips and comic books, from the funny animals of Walt Kelly’s Pogo to the grotesque creatures of Swamp Thing. Pogo depicted the swamp and, more specifically, the South as territories filled with images of innocence, escape, and magic. This chapter examines race and region in Pogo, focusing on the strip’s Okefenokee Swamp setting as an idiosyncratic entry into the discourse of the “redemptive South” prevalent throughout the mid-twentieth century. It considers Kelly’s use of a conceptual framework derived from discourses on race and geography, and argues that Pogo’s most human, most endearing, and most transformative qualities were inherited from the character of a black boy named Bumbazine. The chapter discusses Kelly’s appropriation of blackness as a sign of essential humanity and the South as a region of redemptive power.
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