Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Gasoline Alley and the Old Comic Strip Challenge 29

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)

Days 29 begins to wind down the sequence, yet it has something unusual. (click on images to enlarge)

In the second panel we see both Li'l Abner and his "ideel," Fearless Fosdick. Fearless Fosdick was a comic strip that Li'l Abner read -- a strip within a strip. Since Fosdick was a fiction character in Li'l Abner's world, the two were never seen together. But since Al Capp's strip is discontinued, both apparently moved to the Old Comics Retirement Home -- where the rules are different, apparently.

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

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