Thursday, May 09, 2013

Gasoline Alley and the Old Comic Strip Challenge

In a sequence that began on April 9, 2013, Gasoline Alley centenarian Walt Wallet receives an invitation to the Old Comics Home dinner. Walt has reminisced before about his fellow characters from discontinued comic strips. And since Gasoline Alley began in 1918, there are quite a few of his contemporaries who have been retired. (Read the whole series here)

Jim Scancarelli seems to have a good deal of fun drawing all these old characters, and his knowledge of vintage comic strips appears quite deep. Here's a panel where Walt and his gandson-in-law Slim arrive at the home. (click on images to enlarge)

I could readily identify eight of the characters shown. With some addition research, I could name only two more. And notice the list isn't complete. I'll have to do some more digging to come up with the names for everyone in this panel -- and this is just the first in a series of panels depicting Walt's adventures inside the home. A home full to the brim with classic characters. 

1. Toonerville Trolley - Toonerville Folks (1908-1955) by Fontaine Fox
5. Ignatz - Krazy Kat, (1913-1944) by George Herriman
7. Jerry - Jerry on the Job, (1913-1933) by Walter Hoban, 1913 - 1933
8. Smilin' Jack - The Adventures of Smilin' Jack (1933-1973) by Zack Mosely
11. Pops - Polly and her Pals (1912-1958) by Cliff Sterrit
12. Polly - Polly and her Pals (1912-1958) by Cliff Sterrit
13.Sparkplug and Barney Google - Barney Google (1919 - ?) by  Billy DeBeck
14. Beans - Little Jimmy, Jimmy Swinnerton, 1904-1958
15. Little Jimmy - Little Jimmy (1904-1958) by  Jimmy Swinnerton
16. Happy Hooligan - Happy Hooligan (1900-1932) by Frederick Burt Opper

It may be a while before I can provide a complete listing for the entire sequence. Stay tuned!

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