The inimitable Van Reid pointed this one out to me. Â Patrick McDonnellÂ is known for the way he salutes cartoonists he respects and admires. Â This Mutts Christmas strip from 2007, albeit wonderfully zen in its own right, turns out to be nothing less than a graphical quotation and hommage to a similar Gasoline Alley Christmas strip by Frank King from 1930. Â
Somebody should do a index of these things.
(MuttsÂ Â© 2009 Patrick McDonnell. Â Gasoline AlleyÂ Â© 2009 Universal Press Syndicate. Â And thanks again to Van Reid)