Camera-ready comic art drawing for Gasoline Alley

Description (Brief)
This pen-and-ink drawing, prepared for the Gasoline Alley newspaper comic strip, shows character Walt Wallet being scolded for trying to walk Effie home. She waves goodbye, but Wallet sees little hope in her attentions.
Richard Arnold "Dick" Moores (1909-1986) worked as an assistant to Chester Gould on the Dick Tracy comic strip early in his career. Moores continued to work on other strips and branched out into animation and comic book illustration, working on titles such as Mickey Mouse, Scamp, Donald Duck, and Alice in Wonderland. In 1956 Frank King asked Moores to assist on the daily strip Gasoline Alley, which Moores took over completely after King’s retirement in 1959. When the Sunday artist for Gasoline Alley retired in 1975, Moores took over that work as well, and continued drawing the strip until his death in 1986.
Gasoline Alley (1918- ) originated on a black-and-white Sunday page for The Chicago Tribune called The Rectangle, a collaborative page with contributions by different artists. One corner of "The Rectangle," drawn by Frank King, was devoted to the discussions between four men about their cars, an impetus for the name of the strip Gasoline Alley. Within a year the strip began appearing in the daily newspapers. Gasoline Alley, whose original characters included Walt, Doc, Avery, Bill, and Skeezix, is noted for its use of characters who have continued to age naturally.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
drawing
Object Type
Drawings
date made
1966-08-13
graphic artist
Moores, Dick
King, Frank
publisher
Tribune Printing Company
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 18.5 cm x 54.8 cm; 7 5/16 in x 21 9/16 in
ID Number
GA*22550
catalog number
22550
accession number
277502
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

Comments

From left to right right are the skinflint Uriah Pert; Pert's nephew wilmer Bobble; Bobble's niece Effie and Chipper Wallet. The story arc would mention the contemporary Vietnam War, which many strips ignored. Chipper later would be sent to Vietnam. Bobble and Pert were interesting parts of the vast cast of supporting characters the Wallets would interact with in Gasoline Alley.

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