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Frank O. King (1883-1969) created what is arguably the longest-running story in comic strip history, Gasoline Alley. Begun in 1919 as a simple topical gag strip about the new fad of automobiles, in 1921 the tone of the feature changed forever with the introduction of a foundling baby named "Skeezix." Inspired by King's own son, Robert Drew, the life and development of Skeezix soon became the strip's focus, following him through childhood, adulthood, and his own eventual parenthood. Neglected for nearly eighty years, this gentle masterpiece of comics is collected here for the first time ever, a fifty-year long "graphic novel" which captured the flavors of its time as well as the ineffable sense of all of life's passage. Supplemented by dozens of King's personal photos, new biographical notes and appendices, Walt and Skeezix can now finally take its place as one of the most human comic strips ever drawn.

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"Gasoline Alley clearly belongs in the cannon as a deeply American masterwork of cartooning." Time.com

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"Although King's drawing style is gaining in mastery to handle the strip's growing seriousness, the major progress here is in the story." Booklist

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"Brilliant....Offering a serenely witty portrait of Wisconsin working-class life." New York magazine

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"Walt and Skeezix is a jewel of a book, a treasure just waiting to be discovered." The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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"The strips are a treat to read, both for themselves and as historical documents; the accompanying commentaries delve into the background and values of Gasoline Alley and the life of a great, but overlooked, American cartoonist." Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

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"What can be seen in this volume certainly qualifies it as one of the most loving and lyrical evocations of everyday life in American literature." The Star-Ledger (Newark)

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Walt and Skeezix: Book Two collects the Gasoline Alley strips by the great American cartoonist Frank King from 1923 to 1924. King was the first cartoonist to have his characters age in real time and have modern story lines, a landmark conception for comic strips in the early twentieth century. There is a new eighty-page introduction by journalist Jeet Heer.

Synopsis:

"Gasoline Alley clearly belongs in the cannon as a deeply American masterwork of cartooning."­­ --Time.com

Walt and Skeezix: Book Two collects the Gasoline Alley strips by the great American cartoonist Frank King from 1923 to 1924. King was the first cartoonist to have his characters age in real time and have modern story lines, a landmark conception for comic strips in the early twentieth century. There is a new eighty-page introduction by journalist Jeet Heer.

About the Author

Cartoonist/designer Chris Ware is the author of Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest

Kid on Earth, Quimby the Mouse, and the Acme Novelty Datebook (D+Q, 2003).Ware was born in 1967, two years before Frank King's death.

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Douglas, November 29, 2006 (view all comments by Douglas)
The Walt & Skeezix reprint project from Drawn & Quarterly has been a revelation of cartoon mastery. These Gasoline Alley strips from the 1920's reveal Frank King's masterful storytelling and humor. There are also details that place this firmly in the first half of the 20th Century. Most women are drawn with small heads and look like they were taken from the magazine ads of the day. Two housekeepers, African-American, are pictured with overlarge lips and portrayed with an essential silliness and childish outlook, and the women are rivals for the attentions of the only African-American man to be seen, a philandering chauffeur more than willing to play one against the other. These are minor elements, and hopefully won't spoil your reading of this strip. However, it's good to know in advance that you'll encounter the unapologetic sexism and racism of the era. This series is essential for fans of the comic strip form. Here is a daily strip that told told its stories, its punchlines, its longer dramas, while maintaining the rhythm necessary to appear natural and effortless.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781896597997
Author:
King, Frank O
Publisher:
Drawn & Quarterly
Editor:
Ware, Chris
Author:
King, Frank
Author:
King, Frank O.
Author:
Ware, Chris
Subject:
Comics & Cartoons
Subject:
CGN002000
Subject:
Form - Comic Strips & Cartoons
Subject:
Humor-Cartoon Comics
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20060831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Black-and-White with 80-Page Color Intro
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
7.27 x 9.63 x 1.75 in

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Product details 400 pages Drawn & Quarterly - English 9781896597997 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Gasoline Alley clearly belongs in the cannon as a deeply American masterwork of cartooning."
"Review" by , "Although King's drawing style is gaining in mastery to handle the strip's growing seriousness, the major progress here is in the story."
"Review" by , "Brilliant....Offering a serenely witty portrait of Wisconsin working-class life." New York magazine
"Review" by , "Walt and Skeezix is a jewel of a book, a treasure just waiting to be discovered."
"Review" by , "The strips are a treat to read, both for themselves and as historical documents; the accompanying commentaries delve into the background and values of Gasoline Alley and the life of a great, but overlooked, American cartoonist."
"Review" by , "What can be seen in this volume certainly qualifies it as one of the most loving and lyrical evocations of everyday life in American literature." (Newark)
"Synopsis" by , Walt and Skeezix: Book Two collects the Gasoline Alley strips by the great American cartoonist Frank King from 1923 to 1924. King was the first cartoonist to have his characters age in real time and have modern story lines, a landmark conception for comic strips in the early twentieth century. There is a new eighty-page introduction by journalist Jeet Heer.
"Synopsis" by ,
"Gasoline Alley clearly belongs in the cannon as a deeply American masterwork of cartooning."­­ --Time.com

Walt and Skeezix: Book Two collects the Gasoline Alley strips by the great American cartoonist Frank King from 1923 to 1924. King was the first cartoonist to have his characters age in real time and have modern story lines, a landmark conception for comic strips in the early twentieth century. There is a new eighty-page introduction by journalist Jeet Heer.

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