Gasoline Alley clearly belongs in the canon as a deeply American masterwork of cartooning.Time.com
Walt & Skeezix 1921-1922 is the first-ever collection of the classic twentieth-century newspaper strip Gasoline Alley, and Volume One is the beginning of a handsome multivolume series edited and designed by comics virtuoso Chris Ware.
Chris Ware has often cited Gasoline Alley as one of his favorite comics strips ever, and he has lovingly edited and designed Walt & Skeezix 1921-1922, 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 eighty 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.
Praise for Walt and Skeezix 1921-1922
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.New York Times Book Review