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Ordinary everyday events depicting small town life was the setting for Gasoline Alley. Frank King began the strip for the Chicago Tribune in 1919. In 1921 the baby Skeezix was left on Walt Wallet's doorstep, much to the delight of the strip's readers.Generally characters in the comic strips never aged but over the years Skeezix grew up as a normal boy - serving in the Army, eventually getting married and having children. Other characters joined Walt and Skeezix in the early years - one of them was Rachel, the Black cook hired by Walt to keep house. After King's death in 1969, his associates continued Gasoline Alley, gradually guiding it away from the original characters and introducing new ones on which the strip is still based today. Bill, Doc, Tachel, Corky, Uncle Walt, Skeezix, Avery, Auntie Blossom, Mr. Wicker.
Moonshine Mullins, alias "Moon" Mullins, as created by Frank Willard in 1923 for the CHicago Tribune. Moon ws famous for hanging around poolrooms, picking up fast women and continually gettin into fistfights. Early in the series, Moon moves into a rooming houes, run by Emmy Schmaltz. It is here that the strip takes its general shape for the next fifty years. Moon's brother Kayo turns up, a nynical little guy who sleeps in a drawer and watches life perched atop a bookcase. The rowdy, highly entertaining narrative kept readers entertained for many years. Mushmouth, Lord PLushbottom, Emmy, Kayo, Moon Mullins, Little Egypt, Aunt Mamie, Uncle Willie.
Little Orphan Annie and Sandy.
When Little Orphan Annie and Sandy made their first appearance int he New York Daily News, August 5, 1924, she immediately won the hearts of readers everywhere. The pllight of the little orphan girl and her loyal dog ws soon syndicated coast to coast. Her creator, Harold Gray, used the stripp to convey his philosophy of morality - appealling to many people who found it a nostalgic reminder of the good old days - and repugnant to others who disliked his right-wing brand of politics. Daddy Warbucks, Orphan Annie, Sandy.
To be born without a chin is hard lot in life, but Andy Gump took it all in stride. This family-oriented strip relating the adventures of Andy, his son Chester, Minerva Gump and Uncle Bim, began in the CHicago Tribune in 1917 and virtually became an overnight success. The increased circulation of the Tribune caused other papers across the country to add the Gumps as regular feater. Their creator, Sidney Smith, met with an untimely death in 1935 when he was killed in a car accident on his way back from signing a new
Publisher Joe Pattreson's success with Winnie Winkle made him favorable to a similar storyline about a young working kid. Smitty, the eager, industrious office boy, was incroduced through the Chicago Tribune - New York News Syndicate in 1922. His creator, Walter Berndt, continued to write about the adventures of Smitty and his younger brother Herby until his retirement in 1973. A dapper little guy in cap, short pants and bow tie, Smitty was always trying to get ahead. Over the years he grew infrequently, eventually reaching young adulthood. The strip finally ended in 1973. "The Boss", Herby, Scraps, Smitty.
Just Kids by Ad Carter began in 1923 and for many years involved the relatively harmless and mischievious antics of the group of young boys.
In the mid-thiries their adventures suddenly turned to a more sinister and violent nature. The strip began to lose its popularity in the late forties and was discontinued following Carter's death in 1957. Pat Finnegan, Fatso, Mush, Marjory, Nicodemus.