Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Gasoline Alley and the Old Comic Strip Challenge 16

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)

Earlier in this sequence (see Day 7), Scancarelli had a round-up of cats from various comic strips. In day 16, he presents a round-up of police officers. But they're not quite the ones I had anticipated. Although he's referenced Krazy Kat several times in this story arc, Officer Pup isn't among the assembled.

And there's something else. Pepsi and Pete, the Pepsi-Cola Cops were advertising characters created by Pepsi-Cola. Their comic strip (a Pepsi ad), did run in the newspapers alongside other comics. But they're of a different sort than the other characters featured in this sequence.

1. Jiggs - Bringing Up Father (1913-2000) by George McManus
2. Maggy - Bringing Up Father (1913-2000) by George McManus
3. Paw Perkins - Polly and her Pals (1912-1958) by Cliff Sterrett
4. Happy Hooligan - Happy Hooligan (1900-1932) by Frederick Burt Opper
5. Pepsi & Pete - The Pepsi-Cola Cops (1939-1950) by Kin Platt et al.
6. Pottsy - Pottsy (1955-1970) by Irving Joel Rafsy
7. Fearless Fosdick - Li'l Abner (1934-1977) by Al Capp

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