Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Gasoline Alley and the Old Comic Strip Challenge 13 - 15

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)

Days 13 through 15 of this sequence I've lumped together, for reasons that will soon be obvious. In the first panel, it's important to pay attention to the background, as some fairly famous onlookers take in the action. And speaking of which, Ignatz is back to hurl a brick at Krazy Kat. (click on images to enlarge)

The arc of that brick is why this post has two day's worth of comics. Ignatz's brick misses Krazy (something that rarely happened in Herriman's classic strip). Instead, it shatters a light fixture. Which means that, just as Krazy commented in his/her fractured English, the lights go arf.

On day 14, Scancarelli gives us an exterior of the house (in black and white!) and for at least one day, I don't have to rack my memory trying to identify vintage comic characters. The following day he shows the interior of the house, with everyone in silhouette. The key players of the past few days are easily identifiable, and the others I believe are just adding to the crowd.

1. Annie  - Little Orphan Annie (1924-2010) by Harold Grey
2. Ignatz - Krazy Kat, (1913-1944) by George Herriman
3. Maggy - Bringing Up Father (1913-2000) by George McManus
4. Happy Hooligan - Happy Hooligan (1900-1932) by Frederick Burt Opper
5. Jiggs - Bringing Up Father (1913-2000) by George McManus
6. Krazy Kat - Krazy Kat, (1913-1944) by George Herriman  

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