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Gasoline Alley: The Complete Sundays Volume…

Gasoline Alley: The Complete Sundays Volume 2 1923-1925

by Frank King

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Offhand, I can't think of a comic strip that made better use of the larger Sunday space than "Gasoline Alley", especially in the older days when select comics were given an entire page to themselves. "Pogo" came close, but it never had the whole page to work with as King did. "Little Nemo in Slumberland" was visually gorgeous, but often a chore to read. "Krazy Kat" and "Polly and her Pals" came pretty close, but the pleasure of seeing Skeezix grow over the years, and the love and devotion that Walt shows for him, put "Gasoline Alley" at the top of the Sunday strips for me. This book ranges from 1923 to 1925, when Skeezix was two to four years old. Here we see the autumn trips to the countryside, the long vacations out west in the early days of motoring, the hijinks of Skeezix as Walt is distracted by automotive chores, and the growing bond between the two that will last nearly a century now. Phyllis Blossom makes her first Sunday appearances here too. Great artwork, light and warm humor, occasional slapstick, and the best depiction of fatherly love I've seen in the comics. And thank goodness, Dark Horse is giving these reproductions the space they deserve, with a hefty 16 1/2 inch tall book. Not quite newspaper size, but close enough these days. ( )
  burnit99 | Aug 24, 2014 |
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