the artists speak!
a gallery of
comic strips and
puppets in the UK
Snodgrass began his Krazy life as a cameo
character in Krazy Comic's Krazy Gang
strips, but his fetid,
stench-drenched personality was just too ripe and
popular to stay there long. So he got his own strip.
Pongalongapongo takes its title cue from the popular
tv variety show "Singalongamax" starring that
Max Bygraves. The strip allowed Pongo to wallow in his
curdled glory and concoct horrid recipes, and tricks
he played on various unwitting souls. He also meted out
handy tips and recipes to readers, help get them get the
most out of their rotten foolery.
Of course, everything would always go drastically wrong and
each week we'd find Pongo covered in curdled milk, putrid
fruit or some other ghastly ingredient. Not that it bothered
the lad in the slightest!
Pongo's very first appearance is in Krazy #1where we
lurking outside the Krazy Gang's hut. He takes great
in introducing himself as the Krazy Town sneak and spoilsport.
He says that the gang won't let him join them because he
doesn't wash and he's rotten - and then he gets flattened
the hut door as the gang stampedes out...
An interesting discovery in Krazy #2 is Pongo's unwelcome
appearance in the Big
Game Hunter strip - His rotten games
are the catalyst for the tale which leads to life-size
Ladders. It's interesting to see the "clash"
of styles between
Ian Knox's original Pongo and this one-off version from
Metcalfe (that's him in the BGH strip, above).
Naturally, Pongo went on to feature in the Krazy Annuals.
He also starred in two Whizzer & Chips annuals a
years after the Krazy merger and, later still, several strips
were reprinted in the BIG Comic annuals too. His strip
changed to Pongo Snodgrass, and just plain old Pongo,
but the character himself remained just the stinkin'