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 blacksframe the action and story. Just brilliant. A super early and outstanding example of King’s virtuoso writing and art, featuring several of the keyGA characters,includingSkeezix Wallet, Gootch, Spud, Whimpy, Trixie,Clarence and Ramses the
This daily is titled “Tomatoes are ripe” in pencil to the left of the art. Skeezix and his pals have purchased a horse (really a broken down nag), named Ramses, which Clarence (the neighborhood trouble maker) had set loose a couple of days earlier.Trixie saw him do it and he threatened her if she ratted him out. The gang, however,figuredout who was to blame, and theyuse Spud's tomatoes to to give Clarence what he deserves (while recuing Trixie at the same time).King’s dialogue and feel for everyday conversation and life is simply dead on. His love for these characters, really family members,pours out of every strip. Don't you love how ticked off the guys look as they confront Clarence. Trixie seems pretty pleased at her narrow escape and Clarence's comeuppance.Not surprising that King'sresolved things so nicely.
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. A few minor smudges, stains and spots to the art. One small hole to art, just to right and below the word "Punk" in the second panel.There are small tack holes to the margins.Tribune engraving room backstamp.Wonderful early 1930s 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 featuringseveral of thecentral characters in a very Little-Rascals type episode.Prime early GA strips are super rare!
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Gasoline Alley Original Comic Strip Art Frank King 9-19-33 Skeezix Spud Trixie : $153