Gasoline Alley by Jim Scancarelli

Gasoline Alley

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  1. Rod Gonzalez

    Rod Gonzalez said, over 3 years ago

    Sadly, that’s true.

  2. Mineola

    Mineola said, over 3 years ago

    On of the rare poignant messages for GA! Nice one Jim.

  3. chasches

    chasches said, over 3 years ago

    Walt is easily over 110 years old, so technically he is a supercentenarian.
    Wikipedia states that there are estimated to be between 200-350 such individuals alive today, with only 60 verified.

  4. cpalmeresq

    cpalmeresq said, over 3 years ago

    Now, that’s precious! And I must confess that this is the first time I realized that the clergyman’s name was, Past or Present!

  5. cpalmeresq

    cpalmeresq said, over 3 years ago

    Love the 1st panel!

  6. Ken

    Ken said, over 3 years ago

    “For Walt to have been even 16 when he served in WW1 he would have been born in 1902. That would make him at least 111 today. He would probably be the oldest man on earth.”
    I believe 111 was in fact given as his age earlier this year.

  7. cheapskate0

    cheapskate0 said, over 3 years ago

    I don’t know why, but Sunday GA is almost always worth looking at. Makes me wonder, what’s up with the weekday strips?

  8. chasches

    chasches said, over 3 years ago

    Did Walt actually serve in WW1?
    Interesting, as the last confirmed (non-fictional) WW1 combatant died last year.

  9. Paul1963

    Paul1963 said, over 3 years ago

    Walt’s birth year was given as 1898 in a 2001 strip, making him 115 in 2013. I don’t know that it really works to try and slip him past the turn of the century, considering that things like his WWI service and Skeezix’s birth are tied to specific dates. Not to mention the fact that Phyllis was married during WWI—to her first husband, Jack Blossom—and there’s nothing about her being older than Walt during their courtship or early marriage.
    Bumping Walt up to 1902 means he was allowed to adopt a baby at age 19, when he wouldn’t even have been old enough to vote. I think we have to stick with the 1898 date and assume that Phyllis wasn’t much younger. I figure she couldn’t have been born later than 1900.

  10. firebrand1

    firebrand1 said, over 3 years ago

    Ever since Walt’s visit to the Cartoon Retirement Home
    he’s been acting a lot younger. You would think he was in his 90’s.

  11. QuietStorm27

    QuietStorm27 said, over 3 years ago

    I think my dad felt like this before he died because even though he lived with me and my young children he had dementia and didn’t remember me or my sisters. He only remembered my brother who is the oldest. He didn’t see him or his own siblings often enough and felt very lonely.

  12. Kab Buch

    Kab Buch said, over 3 years ago

    My comment is based on this strip on age. South of metro ICT, KS small town there is a older gentleman who just celebrated his 101 birthday working at WalMart and continues doing so. He made the local news. I’m not sure when he started working there or his personal background and he loves working there. I also do not know if he is a veteran.

  13. Dypak

    Dypak GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Super is used here as a prefix, smart guy. When used as a prefix it means “above, beyond, to have passed or exceeded.” As in supersonic, to mean to have exceeded the speed of sound. Or as in superdumbass, used to describe certain internet trolls who don’t have a clue when to keep their yaps shut.

  14. Dypak

    Dypak GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    @Kab Buch

    No offense to the Supercentenarian working at Wal-Mart, or even at Wal-mart itself, but if I’m working there when I’m 101 my mother will be very disappointed.

  15. Unca Scrooge

    Unca Scrooge said, over 3 years ago


    If you read the great Drawn and Quarterly reprint books, you see that Walt was not only a WWI vet but that he was a college graduate and one-time sales manager before he moved to the Alley in 1919. He must have been at least 25 at that time. Before Phyllis moved into the alley, she had served as a nurse in the war and had been married. I assumed that she a bit older than Walt.
    D & Q will be publishing the strip from the very beginning next year. Maybe that will clue us to how old Walt “really” is.

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