The first instalment of the planned 12-volume series reprinting Walt Kelly's strips is finally on its way.
Mark Evanier, who has been providing editorial assistance on the project, revealed that the first volume has gone to press on his blog.
"Some of Pogo has been reprinted before, not always in the best possible manner," he said. "Now, all of it will be republished - every daily strip and every Sunday page with the latter in colour - in 12 volumes being issued by Fantagraphics Books.
"This is not as simple as someone saying, 'Hey, let's reprint Pogo', and making a deal to do so. Much of the material does not exist in pristine, ready-to-print form and the earlier a strip is, the more likely it had to be located and painstakingly restored.
"That takes time, which is why the release date of this book was announced and changed, announced and changed, announced and changed, etc.
"But now the first one's at the printer and subsequent volumes oughta be a lot simpler. (That sentence was hard to type with fingers crossed.)"
Each volume will contain two years worth of strips and added extras.
Evanier said that Amazon has "cautiously" given The Complete Pogo Daily & Sunday Comics Strips volume one a released date in mid-December.