Walter Crawford Kelly, Jr. (August 25, 1913 - October 18, 1973), better known as 'Walt Kelly', was an American animator and cartoonist, best known for the comic strip 'Pogo'.
He began his animation career in 1936 at Walt Disney Studios as a story man and animator, with credits on 'Pinocchio', 'Fantasia', and 'Dumbo'.
In 1941 Kelly transferred at the age of 28 to work at Dell Comics, where he worked exclusively during the 1940's. During this period, he created 'Pogo', which eventually became his platform for political and philosophical commentary.
He died in 1973 from diabetes complications, following a long and debilitating illness that had cost him a leg.