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|Gasoline Alley is a gentle, good-natured continuing story of four generations of Wallets. Readers return daily for this positive slice of life, with universal themes and commonplace situations.
Left on Walt Wallet's doorstep in 1921, baby Skeezix celebrated his 75th birthday on February 14, 1996. It marked the first time in comics history that an infant had grown in chronological time to adulthood. Because creator Frank King refused to play tricks with the calendar, incorporating real time into his storylines, America grew up with the legendary Gasoline Alley.
The strip actually began its run in syndication in 1918, as a feature about a car-tinkering group of friends. Urged by his publisher to appeal to a broader audience, King placed a baby at grease monkey Walt's door, and the rest is history. Fans of Gasoline Alley are fiercely loyal and have enjoyed watching Skeezix go from diapers to knickers, to high school, to his first job, to the army, to wedlock, to fatherhood. Today, Jim Scancarelli continues the tradition set forth by Frank King. In 1995, the comic strip was commemorated by the U.S. Postal Service in a postage stamp series celebrating American comics.
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