Frank King was born in Cashton, Wisconsin, in 1883, and was one of the first giants of American comic strips. In 1909, he joined the Chicago Tribune's staff. King's cartoons were routinely featured on the front page of the newspaper almost from the beginning of his career. Chris Ware is the author of Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Boy on Earth, Quimby the Mouse, and the ACME Novelty Datebook. He established his enduring legacy in 1919 by developing Gasoline Alley, which became one of the most extensively syndicated and read strips in North America until King's death in 1969. Frank King died in 1967, two years before Ware was born.