On this day, October 18, 1973, cartoonist Walt Kelly died in Woodland Hills, California. A crime reporter for the Bridgeport Post, Kelly took up cartooning and illustration a biography of P. T. Barnum. Soon after he went to work for Walt Disney Productions from 1936 to 1941 as a story board artist. Kelly went to work producing comics. He created his character Pogo in 1943, eventually producing a comic strip by the same name.