Gasoline Alley by Jim Scancarelli

Gasoline Alley

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  1. Rod Gonzalez

    Rod Gonzalez said, over 3 years ago

    Yeah . . . for the mouse!

  2. cpalmeresq

    cpalmeresq said, over 3 years ago

    Yesterday, Firebrand1 said, “Great strip today The punch line was telegraphed but
    still enjoyable. Sad that passing by snobs sneer at great comics.”
    I couldn’t agree more. This strip started in 1920 & still survives. Some people see it as simple, and see that as a bad thing. I see it as innocent / non-controversial. It’s just uncomplicated & entertaining in its own way. As kids, some of us liked Sesame Street or Captain Kangaroo. As we grew older, maybe we outgrew them, but that didn’t mean they were stupid when we watched them. What’s wrong with a new generation of fans liking Gasoline Alley? I’m still enjoying the ride.

  3. shadow35

    shadow35 GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Rufus looks weird without his hat on.

  4. axe-grinder

    axe-grinder said, over 3 years ago


    Sure, I stop by everyday to enjoy some exceptional artwork and simple humor. My whole day is not dependent on Mr. Scancarelli causing me to bust a gut laughing; though I do laugh out loud on occasion (the recent daily with Rufus moaning “Woe, woe” and Becky stopping each time comes to mind), I’m content if I can smile at the content.

    And anyway, some protest too much… even a smart animal will simply avoid something that causes him pain.

    Of course a troll might set up his soapbox on Scancarelli’s coattails simply because it would be impossible for such a person to draw a crowd on his own. Once seeing the crowd, he can rush in shouting, “Look at me instead!”

    Thanks for keeping it rolling on every day, Jim!

  5. gillianst

    gillianst said, over 3 years ago

    I’ve said it before, having spent time reading strips from earlier decades, I find the current writing very disappointing. There is a difference between simple humor and lame humor, and I’m afraid the humor is usually of the latter variety. And who says every story arc has to be funny anyway? And often the story arc leads nowhere. King, Perry, and Moores all had stories that were humorous, but they also had stories that were topical and serious. I do wish the writing were on the same level as Mr. Scancarelli’s masterful draftsmanship.

  6. Ken

    Ken said, over 3 years ago


    I agree. It’s a great strip. The humor is sometime subtle and there aren’t usually any deep meanings, not does it mirror real life, but it is fun. IMO. Oh, I do complain about too much of the Skinners and too much Rufus and Joel, but that’s because there are so many other very interesting characters. All in all I really enjoy the strip.

  7. gillianst

    gillianst said, over 3 years ago

    “Subtle” is not an adjective I would use in regard to the humor here. “Weak,” “labored,” and “awkward” are more accurate from what I see.

  8. Ransom D Stone

    Ransom D Stone said, over 3 years ago


    Ditto from me.

  9. BlackHawkDon

    BlackHawkDon said, over 3 years ago

    So many complain because they can’t enjoy life for what it is. If you find any strip unappealing, stop following it and go somewhere else to search for your misery. Life is too short to waste on anything so simple. I, for one, like the comics I follow and the ones I don’t like, I don’t follow. Wake up and smell the roses people.

  10. axe-grinder

    axe-grinder said, over 3 years ago

    I wonder if Rufus has read about the parasite spread by cats that might well cause a mouse to recklessly cross a cat’s path:

  11. Unca Scrooge

    Unca Scrooge said, over 3 years ago

    Seems like you are using a different standard than you do on Alley Oop. GA is clearly not as well done as when King or Moores produced the strip. If there is any doubt, check out any of the Drawn and Quarterly King books which have printed 10 years of King’s work (starting right before Skkezix is put on Walt’s doorstep) or the IDW Moores’ book which shows a strip in transition (‘64-’66). While Scanarelli’s art is often very nice, his writing is far, far below. He relies on low brow, humor of silly characters that are often portrayed as really dumb. There has been no character development on this strip in many years. Yes, the humor is okay but that isn’t what distinguished and made GA such a great – and unique – strip.

  12. jollyjack

    jollyjack said, over 3 years ago

    @Unca Scrooge

    Very well stated.

  13. gillianst

    gillianst said, over 3 years ago


  14. SaskSledDog

    SaskSledDog said, over 3 years ago

    One thing you have to remember looking at a lot of the old comic strips – not just Gasoline Alley but pretty much all of them – is how wordy they frequently were. That went away a long time ago, along with the willingness to allow story lines to go one for more than a few weeks (I think with Dick Tracy the creative team is allowed 6 or 8 weeks per story, with a true epic being given a couple of extra weeks). It’s as if the editors, publishers and syndicates (and maybe the readers) took the attitude of the Emperor in “Amadeus” and said “too many words.”

  15. axe-grinder

    axe-grinder said, over 3 years ago

    Even Blondie had long storylines way back when. The story strips have fallen away. I still love the Phantom, but rarely see any real stories in the strips. Arlo and Janis does it well at times, when it’s not a gag-a-day— which it also does well.

    Old Gasoline Alley is great. It’s hard to get the sense of the pace, however, reading in the books. I wonder how that glacial pace would play today.

    The strips are up against all sorts of options today that didn’t exist in their heyday. Everyone read the comics. Now, relatively few. Heck, empirically few.

    And it is not a big money game the way it used to be.

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