Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Gasoline Alley and the Old Comic Strip Challenge 17

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.

Day 17 features just two characters, connected by an unusual relationship. One is a fictional character in the universe of the other. 

Al Capp's Li'l Abner satirized many aspects of American culture. fashion, and politics. In 1942 he introduced "Fearless Fosdick," a comic strip that Li'l Abner read. The strip was a parody of "Dick Tracy," and held a fun house mirror up to many of the tropes of Chester Gould's strip. Of course, Fosdick was as incompetent as Tracy was masterful in crime detection -- as this sequence illustrates.

1. Li'l Abner - Li'l Abner (1934-1977) by Al Capp
2. Fearless Fosdick - Li'l Abner (1934-1977) by Al Capp

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