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Walt and Skeezix: Book One, 1921 & 1922 (Bk. 1) Hardcover – June 23, 2005
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The most memorable event in the strip, chronicled in this book, is when Walt Wallet finds on his doorstep a baby basket, containing Skeezix, on February 14, 1921. (Popeye, in the Thimble Theatre strip, would find Swee'pea in a similar basket ten years later).
The daily Frank King Gasoline Alley seems a bit slow and talky by today's faster paced standard, but his full color Sunday pages are often marvels of color and design. For some of the best full pages, see Bill Blackbeard's The Comic Strip Century.
Frank King died in 1969.
Buy this book if you are interested in history or if you just like a good story. You will not be disappointed !
The effect of this strip is somewhat cumulative, and Jeet Heer puts it best in his introduction when he writes "Gasoline Alley needs to be read in bulk to be appreciated." As I read along, it became increasingly clear to me what an astonishingly bright gem I was looking at. After I had read about six months into the dailies from 1921, I knew I was onto something very, very unique. The story of Walt and Skeezix unfolded exactly at the pace of real life, with all the well drawn characters growing older in real time. This infuses the strip with an immediately gripping "realism" that in turn makes the reader identify in a powerful way with the characters. The moments of subtle insight into human nature are many and so brilliantly done I found myself re-reading a single daily strip two or three times to truly savor it, finding ever-deepening levels to appreciate (if this sounds like hyperbole for a review of a comic strip, all I can say is buy this volume and I bet you will agree).
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As an added bonus, the book is crammed with never-before-seen photographs of King, his homes, the actually locale of Gasoline Alley and Robert, his son who became the model for Skeezix.
Did I mention I kind of like this book? Buy it and discover a family you really would like to know.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The actual comic strips are fun to read and the art a joy to look at. I wish the book designer did not make all of the pages yellow in color. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Buffy
Gasoline Alley is one of THE great American comic strips of all time, though unfortunately it hasn't reached the level of fame that other legendary strips of the era have such as... Read morePublished on December 15, 2013 by Kevin Skorney
I love the book! I am looking forward to purchasing other volumes in the future. My one issue was the fact that I also ordered a mobility cane tip packaged in plastic which ended... Read morePublished on August 17, 2013 by David J. Bamber
I am not finished with this book and already am in love with it. It is certainly a trip down Nostalgia Lane yet I can identify with the everyday situation with totally lovable... Read morePublished on June 10, 2013 by LM
I began reading Gasoline Alley in the 1960's and did not quite understand why Walt's friends Doc and Avery occasionally appeared. Read morePublished on May 16, 2013 by Tim Field
One of the greatest strips ever made. I couldn't recommend this more highly. You will grow to love these characters and return to them to put a smile back on your face.Published on May 13, 2013 by Vinny
When I was little, my aunt called me Skeezix. I was an adult before I realized the story behind my nick name. I started checking it out, and I love the stories. Read morePublished on May 9, 2013 by Jo
beautiful book. I just wish they had included sunday color funnies as well but they chose to do another publication in actual size for sunday funnies. great series.Published on February 11, 2013 by c. tisdell
Frank King is truly a gentleman. I put him up there with George Herriman.
I think that Walt and Skeezix is the best way to escape the intense problems we face these... Read more