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  1. “Cool. What a crazy and cool coincidence. Kudos on the collection.”

    Sorry, repetition of cool there. That’s cheating. Let’s try again:

    Cool. What a crazy and compelling coincidence. Kudos on the collection.

  2. These always remind me of the Igloo U bean – bag team.

    They were Ptarmigans from the Ptrundra. They were a good pteam. They ptackles like ptiger ptraps.

    …..

    Is it fair to lump a Mustachodon in the group?

  3. @ Woozy – But unfortunately, they also ptasted pterrific. As Pogo’s pal Albert pointed out, “Eleven of them, eleven of us: what could be fairer?

  4. The pterodactyl reminds me of the Far Side about the llamas at home, “Llook out Llarry, it’s the llandllord.”

  5. The “P” in “Pter” as in “Pterodactyl” isn’t *always* silent. For example, it’s pronounced in “helicopter”, which is from the Greek “helix” (spiral) and “pteron” (wing). Also “archaeopterryx”, “lepidopterist”, “ornithopter”, etc.

  6. I don’t think the Frazz really fits with the other two – the Frazz, the alliteration is the whole joke. The Argyle Sweater, it’s a part of of doing a gag on the silent p in pterodactyl. The Rubes, it’s a secondary gag, connected to the Mustachetodon.

  7. Kamino Neko;

    I think all three are different jokes. Frazz is exaggerating the alliteration of “deadline dibs”. The Ptetradactyl is exaggerating the silliness of a silent p before t. Mustachetodon a quasi pun with alliteration (possibly unintentional) for emphasis.

    Kilby: I’m glad you got the reference. “Ptarmigans from the Ptundra” has stuck in my conscusiousness for the last 40 years or so.

    To be fair we never actually saw them *eat* the Igloo U. team. And as a kid I always did find the casual eating of characters (admittedly never characters with speaking parts) a little disturbing. The Incompleat Pogo had it twice including when the Bats ate the Louisiana Perches.

  8. In the old MAD comics “Pogo” parody, “Gopo Gossum,” the usual crowd has gathered for the usual fish fry and a fish leaps out of the frying pan shrieking “Cannibobbles! Canibobbles! Why are you eating fish? We is people too!” to which the Howland Owl character replies “Thass true! But unfortunately it is getting harder and harder to catch hoomin beins all the time!”

  9. The MAD magazine was deliberately satirizing. In the actual strip there were always limits as to how far one could go. It was always aware that any animal could and would eat any other animal and accepted this but we’d only see it go so far.

    The worms might enjoy going fishing and chat before playing, and we could see a hooked worm catch a fish but the worm who talked and the worm eaten would never be the same. Likewise a fish could complain that Grundoon wasn’t serious about fishing and had no hooks, or we could see a someone catch and eat a fish but the fish caught and eaten would never be one of the fish who talked.

    But it could get close. Albert could swallow a critter and it’d be alive in his innards striking matches and complaining of the mess but if it got silent … it’d be a bit creepy. Or Churchy could find Barnstable Bear upside down with his head in a pot and assume he was a dead grizzly bear someone was preparing to eat and attempt to skin him with a lawn mower. … And of course Wiley Catt and Sarcaphagus MaCabre could truss and place Deacon Mushrat in a pot but it’d be assumed he would be rescued.

    And sometimes the line is simply that we never *see* the critters who are eaten talk. Flim, flam, and Flo were girl fish singers and supposedly sentient but as we never actually see them talk it’s apparently acceptable for the bats to fry them up and eat them on-screen while wondering where the singers they are supposed to meet are. (… I guess if the fish *hadn’t* wanted to be eaten they should have *said* something.)

  10. @ “edibility in Pogo” – The Louisiana Perches never said anything to the reader, but they did talk (or sing) to other characters in the strip (Churchy said that one of them had “a frog in her throat”), and they were later visible in the frying pan when Albert was cooking them, as well as on the plates (as bones).
    The Iglu-U team never got a chance to say anything to anyone, Wiley Catt hunted them before they arrived on the scene, but they were visible in roasted form, and Miss Sis Boombah said they looked “familiar”. Deacon thought she meant they were chickens, so he “reassured” her that they were ptarmigans. Ooops.

  11. Walt Kelly’s level of squeamishness was always higher than mine. I was always disturbed by the idea that the Igloo-U team would be tromping about off camera anthropomorphically just as any of the beloved main characters might but without the privilege of being known and Wiley Catt can just sneak in and pluck and behead them with little fuss. Heck, I was disturbed when the cowbirds fried up the crane’s eggs.

    (However that *was* offset by the impression of having grown up in a family where one chicken was expected to serve a family of five to imagine a meal with 11 of them and 11 of us was amazingly ample.)

    (One gets the feeling they *did* eat them, doesn’t one….)

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