Walt and Skeezix Book Series: ninciclopedia.orgJump to navigation. Not only does this volume reprint the first two years of the strip in which Frank King's friendly and nostalgic imagination took shape, but each book in the series features an eighty page color introduction by Jeet Heer of Canada's National Post. Each introduction in the series will also feature never-before-seen archival photos and ephemera from the personal collection of King's granddaughter. Few cartoon strips have this kind of longevity and quality; Gasoline Alley has been with us since and is a gentle mirror held up to ordinary American life in the early twentieth century. It started as a mild satire on the post-WWI "craze" for cars, but it wasn't long before it developed into a quirky family story attracting an audience of more than thirty million readers in four hundred plus newspapers.
Taking a Look: Gasoline Alley - Walt and Skeezix Volume 1
Walt and Skeezix, Volume One: 1921-1922
Chris Ware edited and designed this volume of Frank King's classic comic strip Gasoline Alley , but this collection doesn't quite begin at the beginning, Instead, it starts when the strip abruptly got really interesting, a few years later. King's protagonist Walt is a good-natured, roly-poly bachelor with a fondness for cars; as this book begins, he acquires a "stepchild"—an infant abandoned on his doorstep named Skeezix. The great innovation of this strip was that all of its characters aged and grew in real time. A lot of the early jokes about Skeezix have to do with Walt trying to keep the baby happy the same way he keeps cars running smoothly, and the strip's main tone is calm amusement about parenthood's lighter side. But there's a melancholy undercurrent: who will become a mother figure to Skeezix, and what will that mean for Walt's independence and relationships with his car-enthusiast friends. The daily strips reprinted here don't have the glorious visual inventiveness of King's Sunday pages which will appear as separate volumes , but they're still lovely.