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This is NOT a copy or stat or proof. This is the original art, drawn by Frank King. Great contrast of black and white and wonderful details by a true master of the form. Kings’s legendary feel for storytelling was married to a deft mastery of pen and ink. His technique is simply breathtaking. Strategically placed blacks and light blue ink wash skies frame the action and story. Just brilliant. A super early and outstanding example of King’s virtuoso writing and art, featuring one ofthe main GA characters of the time, SkeezixWallet as well as his uncle Jerry, in a great beaucolic setting. Thisstrip is reprinted as the bottom strip on the page designated as "August 17th and 19th 1929" in Walt & Skeezix The Complete Daily Strips 1929 & 1930 (Drawn and Quarterly Books
This daily is titled “The busy season” in pencil to the left ofthe art. Skeezix may be in for some money through an inheritance via his birth parents. Some of the rivals want to persuade him to see things their way. Walt's secretary at work is relaying information to Abie Corpus, one of the other claimants. Walt decides to hide Skeezix awayuntil things settle down, and sosendsSkeezix and Lora to Uncle Jerry's (Lora's father) farm. In this strip, we get a sense of how Skeezix spends his days on the farm, a little work and a lot of play. Feeding the chickens, collecting the mail and churning buttermilk.King’s dialogue and feel for everyday conversation and life is simply dead on. His love for these characters, really members of his family, pours off of every strip. You’ve just got to love the look of contentment on Skeezix's face. Personally, I love the chickens. King drew animals as well as he did
Character and Artist Information:
GASOLINE ALLEY was written and drawn by Frank King (1883-1969) from 1919 to 1969. After 1959, King wrote the strip, which was drawn by his assistants Bill Perry, Dick Moores and Jim Scancarelli.
As per Jerry Weist, in his seminal book, The Comic Art Price Guide,
“[Gasoline Alley is] One of America’s most important strips. Frank King transformed the focus of Walt Wallet and his garage co-workers in 1921 to the rearing of the baby he found on his doorstep. From that day on, the characters aged daily with the readers. Baby Skeezix grew up, went to war, married his childhood sweetheart, and fathered a new generation of characters. Like a Norman Rockwell painting, King’s contribution to the comics is Americana at its best.”
Colton Waugh, in his book The Comics (MacMillan 1947), the first serious study of the medium, describes Gasoline Alley as
“…the cream of the Daily News-Patterson strips…a quiet, faithful, tender picture of suburban America. ...one of the most faithful and cheering pictures of the ordinary business family that we have to show. The simple plot of Gasoline Alley is the growth of its characters. It is a wonderful thing to see. Skeezix is an American - long may he wave; he is one who makes us believe in ourselves.”
And, finally, perhaps no one has summed up the feel and impact of Gasoline Alley better than Russ Cochran, dean of American comic art fans, collectors, dealers and saleeers, who wrote
“Tom Brokaw called them "The Greatest Generation", and he was right. He was talking about the Americans who were born during the depression years, and who went to war against Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan, and then came back home to the USA to create the post-WW2 boom which led to the wonderful peaceful decade of the 1950s. Frank King told the story of this generation in his timeless masterpiece, GASOLINE ALLEY.
Through this comic strip, we all watched as Skeezix grew up, learning all the important lessons of life from his father, Uncle Walt. We were with him when he first courted and fell in love with Nina Clock, and we were with him when he went to War for his country. When he was wounded, every reader could identify with some soldier that they knew who was wounded or even killed, standing up for the values of 1940s America. We could identify with Uncle Walt, Judy, and Corky, as they worried about their boy overseas. We could identify as Skeezix's love for Nina grew, and when he proposed to her. And when the Great War was over, we could identify with Skeezix coming home to a changed America, having to find his place in a peacetime world, going into business for himself, having his own family, and, with the advice of Uncle Walt and Nina's father Grandfather Clock, a farmer, finding his way and becoming the epitome of the average American.
There were no divorces in the Wallet family, no drugs, no riots, no drunkards, just an average American family going through their daily lives, facing hard times, enjoying the simple things, and celebrating the life of an extended family. I was the Skeezix of my family. Since I had no older brother, Skeezix was my older brother, and he taught me how to handle the job of growing up to be a good man. My Dad was Uncle Walt, and his friends were Doc and Avery and all the other characters that brought such a warm and wonderful life to the people of GASOLINE ALLEY. Frank King led millions of us through this process of growing up in the 1940s and 1950s.
Who was the all-time greatest American cartoonist? We have to choose between Frank King, Chic Young and Charles Schulz, who used their characters to entertain and teach.”
Condition: This art is in overall excellent condition. There are no stats, white out, corrections or paste-overs. Full margins all around. Moderate discoloration to the edges. Moderatesmudges, stains and spots to the art. There are small tack holes to the margins.The strip must have been stored up against another at some point as there is some minor transfer of black lines and letters to the bottom of the second panel. Wonderful late1920s era Americana.
Don’t let this one pass you by. A “must” for Gasoline Alley or Frank Kings fans, comic book or strip or illustration art collectors, or anyone who appreciates a piece of true Americana and a wonderful piece of art. This is a great earlyGasoline Alley strip featuring Skeezix.Prime early GA strips are super rare!
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Gasoline Alley Original Comic Strip Art Frank King 8-19-29 Skeezix On Farm : $320