Walt Before Skeezix

Walt Before Skeezix The prelude to the Walt and Skeezix series offers a portrait of a country in transitionWalt Before Skeezix collects the first years of Frank King s beloved comic strip Gasoline Alley one of the most w

  • Title: Walt Before Skeezix
  • Author: FrankKing Chris Ware Jeet Heer
  • ISBN: 9781770461413
  • Page: 406
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The prelude to the Walt and Skeezix series offers a portrait of a country in transitionWalt Before Skeezix collects the first years of Frank King s beloved comic strip Gasoline Alley one of the most widely read and syndicated strips of its time, which is still syndicated today These comics, produced between 1919 and 1920, focus primarily on Walt Wallet and his friends asThe prelude to the Walt and Skeezix series offers a portrait of a country in transitionWalt Before Skeezix collects the first years of Frank King s beloved comic strip Gasoline Alley one of the most widely read and syndicated strips of its time, which is still syndicated today These comics, produced between 1919 and 1920, focus primarily on Walt Wallet and his friends as they engage with the then novel automobile sensation that was sweeping the nation This period of the newspaper strip is especially fascinating as a historical time capsule, charting a moment in America s past when horses and buggies shared the road with cars, and when the country was making the transition from rural farmers to urban, industrialized society King was a pioneering American cartoonist who changed comics forever by setting his strip in contemporary America and having his characters age These lavish volumes pay tribute to the evolution of his style and storytelling Designed and edited by the world renowned cartoonist Chris Ware Building Stories , Walt Before Skeezix includes a wide ranging introductory essay from the noted comics historian Jeet Heer, the coeditor of Arguing Comics Literary Masters on a Popular Medium, and an essay by Tim Samuelson, the cultural historian for the city of Chicago, about how Chicago s history is reflected in King s newspaper strip.

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    1. I'm fascinated with the early days of long-running comic strips, back before they'd settled into the idea of doing the same joke for decades at a time. It sometimes takes a while to find an angle people will like, which is why Beetle Bailey was a college strip until the title character joined the army.In this case, Gasoline Alley started life being about some guys standing around talking about cars in 1918. Back then, having an automobile was a niche hobby, and it took a lot of work to keep your [...]

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