Note: If you haven’t yet read Love Marches On, and are spoiler-averse, skip this for now.
Well, there you have it, folks.
Above all, thank you for reading it, and I hope you liked it. I’ve been walking around with this story and these characters for a while, and Love Marches On arose more from the desire to share them with others than to do a daily comic strip.
Also, I wanted to do a daily comic strip. I’ve always liked newspaper comics that blend humor with serial storytelling, and this tale — which began as a sprawling, unproducible musical called Broadway Memory — lent itself to that treatment. I’m always in danger of rewriting things forever, and I thought the daily deadline would force me to finish each piece quickly and move on to the next.
In recent weeks, with the end in sight, people have told me that they’re looking forward to going back and reading the whole story from the beginning, which is nice to hear… [READ MORE]
Here are my master drawings of the (fictional) Gaites Building on 42nd Street, one of the key locations in Love Marches On, as seen in 1925 and 1975.
Eight views of the former Times Tower through the years, encompassing the action in Love Marches On and more.
In 1904, the building was erected at 42nd Street between Broadway and Seventh Avenue, as the new headquarters for the New York Times. (Thus: Times Square.) The paper moved to a larger building on West 43rd Street in 1913, but the tower remained in its original form until 1963, when it was stripped down to its steel skeleton, covered with flat, white marble, and renamed the Allied Chemical Building. (Thankfully, this travesty was not compounded by renaming the area Allied Chemical Square.) The building remains in its 1963 cladding, but it’s hard to tell, because it’s now covered with advertisements and video screens. (They call it One Times Square.) But buried under all that noise, and all that soulless white desert, there’s still a noble skeleton that was placed there when Broadway and 42nd Street met in a dusty frontier called Longacre Square.
After today’s strip (Love Marches On #186), there are only two left! Watch for the thrilling final installment on Sunday, and the thrilling penultimate installment tomorrow!
Till then, follow the link for a look at some original, untreated artwork from earlier in the series.