Hepzibah in the Bible is the wife of King Hezekiah of Judah. The name means "my delight is in her." It is said by POGO scholars that the character was based in-part on Walt Kelly's second wife, but I can't vouch for that. All I know is that she started out looking much different than how she ended up. This next scene is from POGO: Prisoner of Love but was originally printed in the newspapers on August 21, 1969. Notice the fresh innocence of the two characters who were actually on their way to apologize to each other for an earlier misunderstanding: Pogo denied wanting to marry *any* woman in the Swamp, and Hepzibah was hurt that he included her in that denial. Here they accidentally meet again, and even though it starts raining (in spectacularly beautiful panels), they both marvel at what a nice day it is.
|...the pay-off: |
the illustration on the last page of the book