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Library JournalFans of Ware no doubt already know of his deep appreciation for Frank King’s work and in this collection one can see why. King’s Gasoline Alley began in 1918 and is still published in newspapers today, penned by Jim Scancarelli. King’s Sunday strips are of particular note because they offered more meditative, emotional, and lyrical ruminations on various themes and used bright, saturated colors that bring to mind the color pallet Ware favors. Also of note for Ware fans, the Sunday pages highlight King’s early innovations with graphic design. On one page the characters travel through stamps, with the panel edges drawn to mimic the perforations around stamp borders. In another King echoes the various prevailing styles of modern art. In a third he creates a color-block design, and elsewhere uses a stylized woodblock print look. In yet one more he takes a kaleidoscope approach. Reproduced in full size, this giant book gives readers a sense of the early color work and style of one of Ware’s favorite comic-strip authors.
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