Gasoline Alley turns 90 today. The feature, created by Frank King, was first published in 1918 and is often cited as the first comic to age its characters. In an effort to attract more female readers to the Chicago Tribune, the editor asked Frank to introduce a baby – which posed a problem as the main character, Walt Wallet was a bachelor. The baby, Skeezix, was introduced into the strip by Walt finding the abandoned child on his doorstep on February of 1921 and who quickly grew to be a man serving in World War II.
Bill Perry took over on the Sunday strips in 1951 and Dick Moores became the sole writer and artist for the daily strips in 1959 when Frank fully retired. Dick took over both the Sunday and dailies in 1975 when Bill retired. After Dick’s passing in 1986, Jim Scancarelli who has worked on the strip ever since.