Ill health took a toll on Walt Kelly and Pogo.
By the early 1970s friends and family were pitching in more and more
hoping the creator would recover enough to return to the strip full time.
That, alas, did not happen. In 1973 Walt Kelly died.
So widow Selby Kelly with Don Morgan, Henry Shikuma, Willie Ito, and a couple others were tasked with the impossible: continue the Pogo comic strip and match the standards of the departed genius.
The post-Walt team carried on for almost two years before throwing in the towel.
Selby blamed it on the shrinking space allotted comic strips.
The last daily Pogo comic strip ran July 19, 1975.
Followed by a proper send-off the next day (July 20, 1975):
The Kansas City Star was one of a decreasing number of papers that ran the comic to the end.
Star columnist Bill Vaughn, one of those “others” mentioned above, wrote an obituary for Pogo.
Below is the penultimate Sunday Pogo (patched together from two papers) mentioned by Bill Vaughn above:
Pogo © OGPI; Pogo, The Complete Syndicated Comic Strips is up to Volume 8 and 1964