Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Gasoline Alley and the Old Comic Strip Challenge 12

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)

It's a good thing I decided to make this a weekly series of posts instead of daily! The lengthening amount of time between original publication date and posting date has let me do more research on the characters Scancarelli's referencing.

This sequence features characters from just two comic strips, both iconic and extremely popular in their day. Harold Teen by Carl Ed spawned movies, books, and bound comics during the between-war years, but is almost forgotten today. By contrast, Walt Kelly's Pogo -- although not as long-running as Harold Teen -- is still fondly remembered, with anthologies readily available in print.

1. Lillums Lovewell - Harold Teen (1919 - 1959) by Carl Ed
2. Harold Teen  - Harold Teen (1919 - 1959) by Carl Ed
3. Pogo Possum  - Pogo (1948-1975) by Walt Kelly
4. Albert Alligator - Pogo (1948-1975) by Walt Kelly

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