Frank King

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Frank King was an American newspaper comics artist, most famous for his signature series 'Gasoline Alley' (1918), which is the second-longest running comic strip in the world, only behind Rudolph Dirks' 'Der Katzenjammer Kids' (1897-2006). And contrary to the latter series it is still in syndication today (2019), bound to possible break its record by 2027. 'Gasoline Alley' is the epitome of a comic strip family saga. It has followed the daily antics of its protagonists Walt and Skeezix for over a whole century now. Contrary to similar family comics, though, 'Gasoline Alley' has always moved along with the times by having its characters age. By now the original characters have four generations worth of children, grand children, great-grand children and a revolving door-cast of new people moving in and out their neighbourhood! 'Gasoline Alley' is a slice-of-life comic strip, based on recognizable everyday events in a quiet, domestic setting. It was the first soap opera in the world, long before radio and TV created their own long-running soaps. But the comic strip has more to offer than mundane events. Frank King provided a heartwarming family dynamic which has moved readers for decades. And even within his conformist setting he still experimented with visually interesting lay-outs, colouring and audacious breaks in graphic style. In human culture there is no other example of one single work which has expressed so much humanity over the course of one full century. Not in comics or any other art form.…Comiclopedia
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