Sunday, November 03, 2013

Dog of the Geek: Beuregard Bugleboy!

beauregard
Breed: Hound Dog

Original Appearances: Pogo comics by Walt Kelly

Other Appearances: Various Pogo merchandise, animated specials, I Go Pogo movie.

Biography: Beauregard is the scion of the Cat Bait fortune, occasional constable, and Fire Brigade chief. Like Batman: The Brave and the Bold's Aquaman, he is given to flights of oratory, although unlike the Sea King, Beauregard will narrate his own heroic deeds in the third person. He is a master of disguise of sorts, appearing with “blunked out” eyes playing “Sandy” opposite Pogo or Albert (when they don a curly wig to imitate “Li'l Arf an' Nonny” or “Lulu Arfin' Nanny,” Walt Kelly's parody of Little Orphan Annie), or wearing a trench coat and fedora to be a Dick Tracy-esque detective. Most often, he is seen wearing a simple dog collar, or a striped turtleneck sweater and fez. When he sings the annual Christmas song Deck Us All With Boston Charlie, he sings it as “Bark Us All Bow-wows of Folly.” He's also known as “Ol' Houn' Dog,” although is full name is Beauregard Chaulmoogra Frontenac de Montmingle Bugleboy.

Powers: None

Group Affiliation: Presumably, Beauregard was a member of the same politcal party Pogo found himself a member of when he ran for President in 1952 and 1956.

Miscellaneous: One of these days, I really need to start collecting the book collections of this strip!

2 comments:

  1. The Pogo strips were amazing and charming. I enjoyed them for years. I'd recommend starting with the omnibus collection "Ten Ever-Lovin' Blue-Eyed Years With Pogo," which traces the evolution of the strip with parenthetical comments by Walt Kelly. Then go back and pick up the collections wherever you can. The current series "Bone" is admittedly very influenced by Pogo.

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