‘Gasoline Alley’ Comic Strip Celebrates 90th Anniversary

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By: E&P Staff

On Monday, Tribune Media Services marked the 90th anniversary of America’s longest-running serial comic strip, “Gasoline Alley.” Since 1918, the strip has chronicled the adventures of the extended Wallet family and their small-town garage for which the comic is named.

Created by Chicago Tribune staff cartoonist Frank King, ?Gasoline Alley? began as a single-panel cartoon and in 1921 evolved a full-fledged strip. Readers have grown up with the colorful cast of characters as they have aged in (almost) real time. Ten years ago, current artist Jim Scancarelli incorporated the fund-raising drive for the World War II Memorial into a storyline, earning special commendation from the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

?Gasoline Alley? has won numerous awards. In 1995, it was one of 20 included in the Comic Strip Classics series of commemorative U.S. postage stamps.

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