King, of course, is the comic genius behind Gasoline Alley. These strips are mostly his Rectangle and Frank King's Page o' Fun strips, which ran on Sundays, not in the colored comic supplement, but elsewhere in black and white. These strips were aimed at a more adult audience than the funnies were, and mostly revolved around a theme, each week, like "April Showers," "Shocks," or "Smoke." The gags proceeded from these themes very loosely, as King entertained his imagination, taking the theme far afield into word association. As America was dragged into the Great War, more and more of the themes centered around the conflict.
It's clear that he enjoyed creating these pages, and his cartooning is as excellent as his reputation would have you believe. Folks often talk about Gasoline Alley's origins in The Rectangle, and there are more than a few car gags to be found, but I don't see the direct precursor that others claim. To be honest, I think I enjoy these pages even more than I do Gasoline Alley!
By Frank King