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Details about  Vintage 1934 GASOLINE ALLEY Daily ORIGINAL ART Superb FRANK KING Classic STRIP

Vintage 1934 GASOLINE ALLEY Daily ORIGINAL ART Superb FRANK KING Classic STRIP
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Signed: Yes  
  
   Gasoline Alley
   by Frank King
   original drawing for a newspaper daily comic strip
   Chicago Tribune Syndicate
   published on January 31, 1934
   india ink on heavyweight art paper
   signed in the last panel
   7 x 20 inches
   Very Fine
 
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Gasoline Alley is a comic strip created by Frank King and currently distributed by Tribune Media Services

First published November 24, 1918, it is the second

 longest running comic strip in the US (after The Katzenjammer Kids) and has received critical accolades for its influential innovations. In addition to inventive 

color and page design concepts, King introduced real-time continuity to comic strips by showing his characters as they grew to maturity and aged over generations.

The strip originated on the Chicago Tribune'black-and-white Sunday pageThe Rectangle, where staff artists contributed one-shot panels, continuing plots 

or themes. One corner of The Rectangle introduced King's Gasoline Alley, where characters Walt, Doc, Avery, and Bill held weekly conversations about 

automobiles. This panel slowly gained recognition, and the daily comic strip began August 24, 1919 in the New York Daily News.

The early years were dominated by the character Walt Wallet. Tribune editor Joseph Patterson wanted to attract women to the strip by introducing a baby, but Walt

 was not married. That obstacle was avoided when Walt found a baby on his doorstep, as described by comics historianDon Markstein:

Promotional art by Frank King (c. 1941), highlighting Skeezix's marriage proposal to Nina Clock.
After a couple of years, the Tribune's editor, Captain Joseph Patterson, whose influence would later have profound effects on such strips as Terry and the Pirates and Little Orphan Annie, decided the strip should have something to appeal to women, as well, and suggested King add a baby. Only problem was the main character, Walt Wallet, was a confirmed bachelor. On February 14, 1921, Walt found the necessary baby abandoned on his doorstep. That was the dayGasoline Alley entered history as the first comic strip in which the characters aged normally. (Hairbreadth Harry had grown up in his strip but stopped aging in his early 20s.) The baby, named Skeezix (cowboy slang for a motherless calf), grew up, fought in World War II, and is now a retired grandfather. Walt married after all, and had more children, who had children of their own. More characters entered the storyline on the periphery and some grew to occupy center stage.

Skeezix called his adopted father Uncle Walt. Unlike most comic strip children (like the Katzenjammer Kids or Little Orphan Annie) he 

did not remain a baby or even a little boy for long. He grew up to manhood, the first occasion where real time continually elapsed in 

a major comic strip over generations. By the time the United States entered World War II, Skeezix was a full-grown adult, courting 

girls and serving in the armed forces. He later married Nina Clock and had children. In the late 1960s, he faced a typical midlife crisis.

 Walt Wallet himself had married Phyllis Blossom and had other children, who grew up and had kids of their own. During the 1970s and 1980s, under Dick Moores'

 authorship, the characters briefly stopped aging. When Jim Scancarelli took over, the natural aging was restored.

The strip is still published in newspapers in the 21st century. Walt Wallet is now well over a century old (114, as of January 5, 2014), while Skeezix has 

become a nonagenarian. Walt's wife Phyllis, age an estimated 105, died in the April 26, 2004 strip, leaving Walt a widower after nearly eight decades of 

marriage. Walt Wallet appeared as a guest at Blondie and Dagwood's anniversary party, and on Gasoline Alley's 90th anniversary BlondieBeetle Bailey,

 Dennis the Menace, and Snuffy Smith each acknowledged the Gasoline Alley anniversary in their dialogue. Snuffy Smith presented a character crossover with 

Walt in the doorway of Snuffy's house where he was being welcomed and invited in by Snuffy. In May 2013 at the Cartoon retirement home Walt is at a dinner 

when Maggie's (of Bringing Up Father) pearl broach is stolen; Fearless Fosdickis his usual incompetent self trying to catch the thief; cameos include

 "retired" cartoons such as Lil' AbnerSmokey Stover; Pogo and Albert. There is even the appearance of an active cartoon character, Rex Morgan M.D.

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