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|Gasoline Alley is the comic strip home of The Wallet Family.
Begun on Nov. 24, 1918 at the Chicago Tribune by Frank O. KING
as a single panel, and syndicated seven days a week since Aug. 24, 1919,
the strip was continued by Dick MOORES in 1956, and has been written
and drawn by Jim SCANCARELLI since 1986. Two attempts to bring Gasoline
Alley to the radio ended with short runs. In the 1930s program, Skeezix
was played by Billy Idleson, who is most noted for being Rush Gook on the
and Sade show.
One of the most significant aspects of Gasoline Alley is that the characters all age in 'real time.' For nearly 80 years, readers have been able to relate to the experiences of successive generations of the Wallet clan. In 1941, Frank King wrote, "Just what the future holds for Skeezix and Gasoline Alley nobody knows. If permitted a fanciful prophecy, I should say that Skeezix will eventually marry, probably raise a family and make Uncle Walt a happy foster grandparent. Skeezix's offspring will in turn grow up, marry and have children. They in turn will thrive and mature and repeat the customary cycle ad infinitum." - from Comics and their Creators, by Martin Sheridan (reprint 1977 - ISBN 0-88355-525-5)
Other Gasoline Alley regulars have included: Avery (married once), Doc, Joel, and Rufus (father died in 1962; pets are Becky and Kitty), Melba (had an Uncle Ben), Cousin Caleb (has an Uncle Menlo), and Uriah Pert (his sister married Mr. Bobble, and had son Wilmer Bobble who married Jessica).
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