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

    @cpalmeresq

    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

    @cpalmeresq

    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

    @axe-grinder

    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. JPuzzleWhiz

    JPuzzleWhiz said, over 3 years ago

    @cpalmeresq

    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.
    -———————-
    Words to live by. But we can still do with LESS SLIM!

  11. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    This is the kind of humor of the strip. So why are some surprised at it? I come here for its particular flavor. Admittedly it doesn’t always sit well but I like it over all never-the-less.

  12. 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: http://tinyurl.com/cagylq7

  13. Unca Scrooge

    Unca Scrooge said, over 3 years ago

    @Night-Gaunt49

    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.

  14. jollyjack

    jollyjack said, over 3 years ago

    @Unca Scrooge

    Very well stated.

  15. gillianst

    gillianst said, over 3 years ago

    Agreed.

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