Thanks for providing a source of more of these great, quirky strips!
You might want to keep an eye out for a book called "God's Area Code" featuring Kelly & Duke. From 1973, second in a series (first book featured Doonesbury), it features full-page illustrations with captions below. It doesn't seem to be a collection of any of the strips but all-new material written for the book, with a mildly religious theme.
Thanks so much for posting. I remember loving the quirky nature of this strip and the bizarre character names from Honey Island to Dr. Video and Bubbles the dachsund. It was a funny read as well. I wish there was more info on the cartoonist Jack Moore. Anyhow great post.
*NOTE* This comic strip was originally created by Charles Johnson from Charlotte, NC in the early 70's. Charles created the original artwork and characters - Kelly (an image of himself as a small boy and named after his father's surname, which was also the name of his daughter), the dog (which was created in the image of their family dog), and the family cat. Jack Moore was forced to stop running the comic strip by the Charlotte Observer in Charlotte, NC because of the infringement and then began to run the strip in NY until it was also pulled. The last comic strip had the boy "Kelly" stating that he had to stop because of a certifiable nut. He was referring to the original creator from which he had stolen the idea and original material.
If you don't mind asking, who are you? And source?
I am a good friend of the Johnson family (the original creator being the father, Charles Johnson) and have been working on telling this story for a while now. There is much proof including original art work as well as infringement reasons that caused the strip to finally be pulled. There will be a book to detail this entire story.
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