- Full Description
This new volume opens amid tough times, as the Depression grinds into its fourth year. Against this setting, a con artist sets up a storefront in town and ropes Walt and the Gasoline Alley gang into the scheme. Young Skeezix and his friends try to find inventive ways to earn money, although not always with the intended results--including fixes to a smashed-up car long before they can drive it...or afford gas. Frank King was one of the pioneering masters of cartooning, and this serves as a fascinating historical document of early- to mid-twentieth-century American life. Funny, poignant and endearing stories, some of the finest of the times.
For their first project, Skeezix and buddies create a local newspaper for the neighborhood kids but are forced to shut down after the corner printshop burns down. Later, they start an after-school delivery service on roller skates, but the new business folds after a rival undercuts their prices with a cheaper alternative.
Includes a great sequence where Walt and the kids go camping, run into the girls from town, get caught in a forest fire, and more fun and drama.
Edited, designed, and with an Introduction by Chris Ware (Building Stories, Monograph) and featuring an introduction by the comics historian Jeet Heer (The New Republic), this new volume also has 32, yes a full 32 pages of extra features. This includes never-before-seen photographs and rare archival documents from the private collection of the King family; a long series of letter between King and his son (who was a model for Skeezix, about five years removed). Their son was away during these years in boarding school but the intimate letters flew back and forth, and are fascinating. Several are reproduced in full, and feature cartoons, envelopes with full color drawings are included.
King was amongst the highest paid comic strip artists in the business at this time, and was able to move out of the north and buy a magnificent spread of land in Florida, pictured here.
As done before, on the back side of the jacket you also get a full sized reproduction from an original daily strip.
- Additional Information
Item Code WA07H Publisher Drawn & Quarterly Publish Date 2019 ISBN 9781770463462 Binding Hard Cover Dimensions 10x7 # Pages 400pg Color b&w