Gasoline Alley by Jim Scancarelli

Gasoline Alley

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  1. mrbribery

    mrbribery said, almost 4 years ago

    Donate the toy car- and then watch it turn out to be valuable.

  2. Nabuquduriuzhur

    Nabuquduriuzhur said, almost 4 years ago

    I thought they were already underwater?

  3. Hillbillyman

    Hillbillyman said, almost 4 years ago

    @mrbribery

    Yep, the car is going to brings someone good fortune and as always ;not Slim.

  4. battle of plattsburgh

    battle of plattsburgh said, almost 4 years ago

    Give ’til it hurts.

  5. rmbdot

    rmbdot said, almost 4 years ago

    Nice to see Clovia feeling so charitable today.

    Question to those who’ve known the characters longer than the few years I’ve been reading:

    What IS Clovia’s character supposed to be? Up until… I don’t know – the last half year or so… I would’ve said “long-suffering, somewhat practical wife to doltish Slim”

    Lately, though, she seems to be at one pole or another: angry shrew or Slim-level dolt in her own right.

    Is it just me?

  6. jpb_ca

    jpb_ca said, almost 4 years ago

    rmbdot -

    I went back and read the complete GA archive online about a year ago – the panels read much better in quick reading succession (took about 2 hours or so). Also found old strips re: their adoption of Rover. The way it was originally written was “Clovia is the clear-headed pragmatist with a temper. Slim is not bright, and often bumbly, but has a heart of gold.” Net-net, Clovia teaches slim practicality; Slim teaches Clovia kindness. By making Clovia as kind (even kinder!) than Slim, the strip’s author has lost the core value that Clovia would respect in Slim, and find attractive. As a result, their marriage seems just odd.

  7. jpb_ca

    jpb_ca said, almost 4 years ago

    A strip that would show this earlier dynamic, instead of todays, would have Clovia writing bills, annoyed, Slim mentioning the needy, Clovia saying we can’t afford to help, Slim saying “Clovia, we can’t afford NOT to help” and Clovia, smiling, agreeing and giving Slim a kiss or such, appreciative of the lesson.

  8. David Henderson

    David Henderson said, almost 4 years ago

    Charity begins at home. I have seen people donate when they did not have it to spare give to look good. I know a man that gave big at Church every Sunday and made sure every one seen the pile of money he gave while his kids went hungry just so he could look big. This country does the same thing. We give money and food to countries most of us have never heard of while our very own people go hungry just so we can look good to the rest of the world.
    Sorry but this hit a nerve.

  9. Ransom D Stone

    Ransom D Stone said, almost 4 years ago

    @David Henderson

    Amen.

  10. firebrand1

    firebrand1 said, almost 4 years ago

    Without a giving spirit, a person should never be asked to give until it hurts, because the mere thought of giving
    causes a brain pain.

  11. Josh  Lyons

    Josh Lyons said, almost 4 years ago

    @David Henderson

    Amen also.

  12. ealeseth

    ealeseth said, almost 4 years ago

    @David Henderson

    The tiny amount the US gives overseas not only prevents some deaths from starvation, it also can prevent war. Most of the so-called foreign aid is not food aid, it’s military equipment. We have plenty of food in the US, but the greed-baggers don’t want Americans to be properly fed. They would prefer folks have to eat low price junk food.

  13. marmar in MI

    marmar in MI said, almost 4 years ago

    “It isn’t what you give, but what you share.
    For the gift without the giver is bare.
    He who gives himself with his alms feeds three,
    Himself, his hungering neighbor, & Me.”
    From The Vision of Sir Launfall
    (I think that’s how it is spelled)

  14. jollyjack

    jollyjack said, almost 4 years ago

    @rmbdot

    I have been following GA since the 50’s. Your observation is right on target, character development (or continuity) have been replaced by convenient props to set up jokes (mostly puns).

  15. lily245pj

    lily245pj said, almost 4 years ago

    Amen…

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