Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Gasoline Alley and the Old Comic Strip Challenge 28

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 28 wasn't much of a challenge, in terms of identifying the characters. But there was one little oddity... (click on images to enlarge)

"We viewed the security tapes." Wait -- the Old Comics Home has CCTV?! For what purpose? Are there a lot of crimes going on there? It also seems strange that comic strip characters that were active in the early to middle part of the last century seem to be conversant with modern surveillance techniques!

Just to remind you  of the parameters of this sequence, Jim Scancarelli's set the action in the Old Comic Strip Retirement Home. So the characters (with the exception of Gasoline Alley's Walt Wallet and Slim Skinner), are all from discontinued comic strips. 

1. Jeff - Mutt and Jeff (1907-1982) by Bud Fisher
2. Mutt - Mutt and Jeff (1907-1982) by Bud Fisher
3. Smokey Stover - Smokey Stover (1935-1973) by Bill Holman
4. Maggie - Bringing Up Father (1913-2000) by George McManus

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