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Sundays With Walt and Skeezix/Big Hardcover – October 8, 2007
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.,."(an) objet d'art... This was the glory that was once the Sunday funnies. As with Little Nemo, Maresca reproduces the Sunday strips from their newsprint incarnation...These are the strips the way we would have seen them when they were first published. But Maresca's packaging does more than bring back that Sunday morning engagement. Wonderful." -- R.C. Harvey "Comics Journal"
From the Inside Flap
Frank O. King created what is arguably the longest-running story in comic strip history, Gasoline Alley. Begun in 1919 as a simple topical gag strip about the new fad of automobiles, in 1921 the tone of the feature changed forever with the introduction of a foundling baby named "Skeezix." Inspired by King's own son, Robert Drew, the life and development of Skeezix soon became the strip's focus, following him through childhood, adulthood, and his own eventual parenthood. Neglected for nearly eighty years, this selection of King's beautiful Sunday pages are presented here in full, original size for the first time ever, demonstrating his experimentation and mastery as an artist. Supplemented by King's personal photos and biographical notes by Jeet Heer, Tim Samuelson and Donald Phelps, Sundays with Walt and Skeezix presents Frank King's art the way he intended it to be.
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My nitpicks are few: First, The collection seemed to be the whimsical Sunday strips through the years. I would prefer to see a chronological collection rather than the dream sequences. Secondly, the photos of the King family were not new, meaning that most of them appeared in the daily strip books that have already been published. My third and last nit is that the book is way too BIG! In fact, it is so huge that it won't fit in my bookcase, and now I have a problem. Where am I going to put this book? I would have been happier with a much smaller book. And, even though the book is huge, there are some captions contained therein that are in such small fonts that they are difficult to read.
I'm eagerly anticipating new volumes of the daily strip reprints! Too bad they can't produce them quicker...
Thus, my rating is downgraded by one star, sorry!
Otherwise, it's 5 stars all the way -- fine printing, great paper stock, well bound, beautiful color, and BIG! If there are subsequent volumes, I hope the publisher will correct this one annoyance. Regardless, if you are the slightest bit interested in Gasoline Alley, you will be delighted to own this book.
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It's an amazing book, a perfect work !
Written and Illustrated by Frank King
Edited by Peter Maresca & Chris Ware
(Splendid Sundays, 2007)...Read more