By Larry Fyffe
Book Report On “Pogo”:
(T)he chief of police holding a bazooka with his name engraved on it, coming in drunk and putting the barrel into the face of the lawyer's pig, once a wife beater, he became a professional boxer & received a club foot he would literally like to become an executioner what he doesn't know is that the lawyer's pig has made friends with the senator
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(T)he lawyer leading a pig on a lease stopping in for tea & eating the censor's donut by mistake/ he likes to lie about his age & takes his paranoia seriously
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(T)he good Samaritan coming in with the words 'round & round we go' tattooed on his cheek/ he tells the senator to stop insulting the lawyer/ he would like to be an entertainer & brags that he is one of the best strangers around, the pig jumps on him & starts eating his face
(Bob Dylan: Tarantula)
It’s rather obvious that “Pogo” cartoonist Walt Kelly draws greedy US Attorney General – John Mitchell – as a two-faced eaglet-beaked lawyer, and a pipe-puffing Watergater.
Richard Nixon: as Indian Charlie/as well as a spidery teapot
John Edgar Hoover: as a Bulldog with a gun
Not so clear be the characters, whether they’re real or imagined, who’re displayed in print in the satirical ‘Tarantula’ by Bob Dylan.
However, the word-begotten image of the lawyer therein can be easily construed as a dishonet John Mitchell archetype:
(T)he lawyer leading a pig on a lease stopping in for tea & eating the censor's donut by mistake he likes to lie about his age & takes his paranoia seriously (Bob Dylan: Tarantula)
Clearly, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover’s portrayed as a Bulldog by Kelly.
In the Watergate scandal of its day, the oil reserves at Wyoming’s Teapot Dome are secretly auctioned off by Albert Fall, President Harding’s Secretary of the Interior.
Bulldog smells something:
(T)he chief of police holding a bazooka with his name engraved on it coming in drunk & putting the barrel into the face of the lawyer's pig .... he would literally like to become an executioner what he doesn't know is that the lawyer's pig has made friends with the senator (Bob Dylan: Tarantula)
Could that someone waiting round the corner be “wild cat” senator Joe McCarthy?:
(T)he senator dressed like an austrian sheep stopping in for coffee (Bob Dylan: Tarantula)
Nixon drawn by Walt depicts a crowned teapot with spider legs .
The aforementioned rock called the “Tea Dome” is cartooned-scaped into the elephant logo of the Republican Party.
Bob Dylan into a tarantula.