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Walt Before Skeezix

Frank King

THE PRELUDE TO THE WALT AND SKEEZIX SERIES OFFERS A PORTRAIT OF A COUNTRY IN TRANSITION

Walt 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.


June 2014 / $44.95 / 7 x 9.5 / 720 pages / black and white / hardcover

ISBN: 9781770461413

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Walt and Skeezix: 1925-1926 (Volume Three)

Frank King

In this third volume of the much-praised Walt & Skeezix reprint series,the domestic side of Gasoline Alley receives full play. An old flame comes to visit Walt, with an eye towards marriage. Meanwhile, Walt pines for Mrs. Blossom, the neighborhood widow. Out of these entanglements, a long engagement and wedding ensue.

As with earlier volumes, this book will have a 80-page introduction featuring many private photographs of the cartoonist Frank King and his family. The introduction delves into the marketing of Gasoline Alley in the 1920s and 1930s, with many dolls and toys taken from the personal collection of Chris Ware, the series designer and award-winning cartoonist.

ISBN: 9781897299098

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Walt and Skeezix: 1923-1924 (Volume Two)

Frank King

Walt & Skeezix: Book Two collects the Gasoline Alley strips by the great American cartoonist Frank King from 1923 - 1924. King was the first cartoonist to have his characters age in real time and have modern storylines. In Book Two, Baby Skeezix is kidnapped, Walt's courtship with Phyllis heats up and cools down, and Walt makes a bet with his friend Avery to see who can cross the North American continent first.

There will be a new eighty-page introduction by journalist Jeet Heer exploring the strip's Chicago background and the attraction that King and other cartoonists felt for the Grand Canyon.

ISBN: 9781896597997

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Walt and Skeezix: 1921-1922 (Volume One)

Frank King

Chris Ware has often cited Gasoline Alley as one of his favorite comics strips ever, and he has lovingly edited and designed Walt & Skeezix Book One, the first ever collection and multi-volume series of the classic newspaper strip Gasoline Alley by one of the pioneering giants of American comics strips, Frank King. Not only does this volume reprint the first two years of the strip in which Frank King's friendly and nostalgic imagination took shape, but each book in the series features an 80-page color introduction by Jeet Heer of Canada's National Post. Each introduction in the series will also feature never-before-seen archival photos and ephemera from the personal collection of King's granddaughter. Walt & Skeezix is not just reprinting the classic American newspaper strip, it is the story of a great American cartoonist.

Few cartoon strips have this kind of longevity and quality; Gasoline Alley has been with us since 1919 and is a gentle mirror held up to ordinary American life in the early twentieth century. It started as a mild satire on the post-WWI "craze" for cars, but it wasn't long before it developed into a quirky family story attracting an audience of more than thirty million readers in four hundred plus newspapers. Gasoline Alley, an affectionate portrait of modern living, is remembered for being the first strip to set itself in contemporary American history. The characters of Gasoline Alley age and go to war, and have grandchildren. The strip always reflects the kind sweet pace of life.

400+ pages. hardcover

ISBN: 9781896597645

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Walt & Skeezix: 1929-1930 (Volume Five)

Frank King

IN STORES

"Frank King's Gasoline Alley may be the best syndicated comic strip ever. Walt & Skeezix lovingly collects two year's worth of the strip."-Playboy

"There is a lovely, often wrenching gravity to the strip. King knows how humans as well as cars work, especially toddlers. His unsentimental understanding of their moods and games, matched by Walt's sudden and unquestioned devotion to his adopted son, make this about as affecting a portrait of fatherhood as I've seen, not least because Skeezix grows. This is the great innovation and dark curse of 'Gasoline Alley': the characters age."-The New York Times Book Review

"This Chris Ware-designed collection...caught even hardcore comics devotees flatfooted with its boundless wonders"-The Onion


Hardcover, 9.5 x 7, black and white, 400 pages

ISBN: 9781770460317

$39.95 US / $39.95 CDN

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Walt and Skeezix: 1927-1928 (Volume Four)

Frank King

Spring 2010

In the long awaited-volume of Walt and Skeezix, the newly married Walt Wallet settles into domestic life with his wife, Phyllis, and their adopted son, Skeezix, but their family bliss is soon disrupted by a man who claims to be Skeezix's natural father. A long custody battle erupts, raising questions as to the importance of blood ties compared to a loving environment. Later, Walt and Phyllis have to deal with all the dilemmas of a young couple's life as their family starts to unexpectedly expand. This is the very stuff of life -- paying the bills, nursing a sick child, finding the right job while spending quality time with family -- expertly explored with cartoonist Frank King's unerring fidelity to reality. In unfolding the drama of the Wallet family's life, King displays his full mastery of long and complex narratives, which made his work a forerunner to the modern graphic novel.
Spring 2010

In his introduction to the series, Jeet Heer explores King's storytelling prowess and links the concerns of the strip with changes in American culture in the 1920s. Lavishly illustrated with King's family photos, the book is designed by Chris Ware, whose elegant and detail-rich books have revolutionized the graphic novel field.

Hardcover, Two-Color and Black and White, 400 pages, 9 1/2 by 7 inches


ISBN: 9781897299395

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