Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Gasoline Alley and the Old Comic Strip Challenge 6

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)

Day 6 of the sequence reigns in the madness -- and the number of characters a bit.(click on images to enlarge)

Jiggs and Maggie serve major roles as this story arc continues. Commentators on Gocomics.com where Gasoline Alley is published daily expressed surprise as the way the characters looked. But Scancarelli is referring back to the depiction by the original artist, George McManus, who created Maggie and Jiggs in 1913 (possibly earlier), and was the primary artist on the strip through the 1940's.

1. Jiggs - Bringing Up Father (1913-2000) by George McManus
2. Maggie- Bringing Up Father (1913-2000) by George McManus

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