Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Gasoline Alley and the Old Comic Strip Challenge 7

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 7 of the sequence introduces something new -- a grouping of characters by type (not the last time Scancarelli will use this device in this story arc).(click on images to enlarge)

This was particularly challenging, because most the cats that enter the panel are supporting characters in their respective strips. And in the case of the Cicero's Cat, the strip itself played a supporting role. It ran as a "topper" to "Mutt and Jeff." That is, it was a short comic strip sold as a block with the main strip, to give the appearance that the number of comics had increased.

And while he's better known as an animated cartoon character, Felix the Cat was also a comic strip in the 1930's.

1. Unknown
2. Moon Mullins - Moon Mullins (1923-1991) by Frank Willard
3. Abie the Agent - Abie the Agent (1914-1940) by Harry Hershfield
4. Jiggs - Bringing Up Father (1913-2000) by George McManus
5. Maggie- Bringing Up Father (1913-2000) by George McManus
6. Desdemona - Cicero's Cat, topper strip for Mutt and Jeff (1907 - 1982) by Bud Fisher
7.Spooky - Spooky, topper strip for Smokey Stover (1935 - 1973) by Bill Holman
8. Krazy Kat - Krazy Kat (1913-1944) by George Herriman
9. Felix the Cat  - Felix the Cat (1923-1943) by Pat Sullivan and Otto Mesmer

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