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Sundays with Walt and Skeezix

Peter Maresca; intoduction by Jess Heet

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ISBN 10: 0976888521 / ISBN 13: 9780976888529
Published by Sunday Press Books, Palo Alto, 2007
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Title: Sundays with Walt and Skeezix

Publisher: Sunday Press Books, Palo Alto

Publication Date: 2007

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

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From the publishers of the celebrated and much-awarded Little Nemo in Slumberland: So Many Splendid Sundays! deluxe oversized reprint edition, comes this lush and tasty deluxe oversized reprint edition of Frank King's beloved Walt & Skeezix Sunday comics. Collected for the first time here are the best of King's early Gasoline Alley Sunday comics, starting from the very first Sunday in 1921, reprinted in the original size and colors. 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. If you are interested in the development of this unique American art form, or simply love beautiful comics, this sumptuous volume is a masterpiece in comic art, and a must for your collection. Designed by Chris Ware. 16" by 21", hardbound, color.

Like McCay, Feininger, Herriman, and others of that era, King was a graphic innovator. His panoramic layouts, themed styling, and whimsical cartoon conceits explored new artistic methods. But he also had a great knowledge of story and character, presented with a warmth and humanity never seen before in comics, and rarely done as well since. He went beyond the gags and slapstick of his contemporaries to create vignettes of genuinely human characters; showing them relating to each other and, particularly in his Sunday comics, to the world around them.

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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.

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