The Press: Joe in the Comics

When a catlike creature named Simple J. Malarkey first entered the swampy world of Pogo, readers of Walt Kelly's comic strip noticed that he bore a marked resemblance to Joseph R. McCarthy of Washington. D.C. Any doubts they might have had as to Malarkey's true identity vanished a fortnight ago with the introduction of another Pogo character, an Indian named Charlie, who was pictured kicking an acquaintance below the belt.*

Last week, after a look at advance proofs of the Pogo strip, editors of the strongly anti-McCarthy Providence Journal decided that Cartoonist Kelly had gone too far. Said Managing Editor Michael J....

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