Comic Review: King Aroo, Volume 2: 1952-1954

King Aroo
Volume 2: 1952-1954
Written and Illustrated by Jack Kent
IDW Publishing
Release Date: January 10, 2012
Cover Price: $39.99

King Aroo, the whimsical, surreal, and thought provoking comic strip of the mid-20th Century, now sees its second volume of collected complete daily and Sunday strips (over 700) spanning the years 1952 -1954, released from IDW Entertainment, the premiere company lauded for their extensive and detailed care in housing complete collections of comic strips in book form.

Coming off the first successful volume, this second one brings more of the same kind of sophisticated jockular hilarity from the pen and mind of Jack Kent, a cartoonist who didn’t have formal illustrative training, which in some ways added to the allure and appeal of the strip, which combines elements of Walt Kelly’s famed strip Pogo, a little bit of Al Capp’s Lil Abner, George Herriman’s Krazy Kat, and even Charles Schultz’s Peanuts (which was in its infancy during that time).

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