‘Alley Oop” Exhibit and Event Marks the Comic’s 75th Anniversary

By: E&P Staff

Iowa’s State Historical Museum is the site of a current “Alley Oop” exhibit marking the 75th anniversary of the caveman comic. And the Des Moines-based museum will hold a program relating to the strip on Aug. 7.

“Alley Oop” was created in 1933 by V.T. Hamlin of Perry, Iowa, and later done by Dave Graue for many years. The United Media comic is now handled by Jack Bender (a former Iowan) and Carole Bender.

On Aug. 7, director, novelist, and former “Dick Tracy” comic writer Max Allan Collins of Iowa will present his film “Caveman: V.T. Hamlin & Alley Oop” at the State Historical Building. Following the movie, Collins will lead a question-and-answer session with speakers such as the Benders.

Collins’ “Road to Perdition” graphic novel became an award-winning 2002 film starring Tom Hanks and Paul Newman.

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