Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Gasoline Alley and the Old Comic Strip Challenge 20-21

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.

Days 20 and 21 wer somewhat relaxing for me -- only two characters, and ones I knew well. One of the things that has made this sequence so enjoyable is the way Scancarelli not only draws these vintage characters in their original style (or very close to it), but how he also has them act as they should. (click on images to enlarge)

Fearless Fosdick, as a parody of Dick Tracy, was always completely incompetent and never arrives at the right solution -- as he does here. Maggie, in George McManus' early strips, was a short-tempered harridan who was not to be crossed -- as she is here. Great fun!

1. Fearless Fosdick - Li'l Abner (1934-1977) by Al Capp
2. Maggie- Bringing Up Father (1913-2000) by George McManus

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