Sundays with Walt and Skeezix
Sunday Press Books presents a masterpiece in comic art by Frank King. Collected for the first time, here are the best Gasoline Alley Sunday comics, starting from the very first Sunday in 1921. King's innovations in art, layout and storytelling brought a new warmth and style to the medium at the dawn of the Golden Age of newspaper comic strips. This book is designed by Chris Ware with an introduction by Jeet Heer. As with the Sunday Press editions of Little Nemo in Slumberland, these incredible Sunday pages are shown digitally restored to their original colorful brilliance and reproduced at full size (16 by 21 inches). The book is filled with images of comics memorabilia and photographs of King's life. It also includes texts on King's life and work by journalist Tim Samuels and comics historian/critic Donald Phelps. Included in the book is a full-sheet cardboard insert replica of a 1920's Skeezix cut-out toy.
- Hardback | 96 pages
- 485.14 x 586.74 x 33.02mm | 4,740.02g
- 08 Oct 2007
- Sunday Press (CA)
- United States
.,."(an) objet d'art... This was the glory that was once the Sunday funnies. As with Little Nemo, Maresca reproduces the Sunday strips from their newsprint incarnation...These are the strips the way we would have seen them when they were first published. But Maresca's packaging does more than bring back that Sunday morning engagement. Wonderful." -- R.C. Harvey "Comics Journal"
Frank O. King created what is arguably the longest-running story in comic strip history, Gasoline Alley. Begun in 1919 as a simple topical gag strip about the new fad of automobiles, in 1921 the tone of the feature changed forever with the introduction of a foundling baby named "Skeezix." Inspired by King's own son, Robert Drew, the life and development of Skeezix soon became the strip's focus, following him through childhood, adulthood, and his own eventual parenthood. Neglected for nearly eighty years, this selection of King's beautiful Sunday pages are presented here in full, original size for the first time ever, demonstrating his experimentation and mastery as an artist. Supplemented by King's personal photos and biographical notes by Jeet Heer, Tim Samuelson and Donald Phelps, Sundays with Walt and Skeezix presents Frank King's art the way he intended it to be.