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Al Capp
Al Capp, Li'l Abner, and Daisy Mae on a 1950 cover of Time Magazine
Born September 28, 1909
New Haven, Connecticut
Died November 5, 1979
South Hampton, New Hampshire
Occupation Cartoonist
"I do Li'l Abner!!", a self-portrait by Al Capp, excerpted from the April 16-17 1951 Li'l Abner strips.

Al Capp (September 28, 1909November 5, 1979) was an American cartoonist best known for the satiric comic strip, Li'l Abner. He also wrote the comic strips Abbie and Slats and Long Sam. He won the 1947 National Cartoonist Society Reuben Award for the comic strip Li'l Abner, and their 1979 Elzie Segar Award posthumously. Image File history File links Al_Capp_Time_Cover. ... September 28 is the 271st day of the year (272nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1909 (MCMIX) was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... Nickname: The Elm City Location in Connecticut Coordinates: NECTA New Haven Region South Central Region Settled 1638 Incorporated (city) 1784 Consolidated 1895 Government type Mayor-board of aldermen Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. ... November 5 is the 309th day of the year (310th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 56 days remaining. ... For the Smashing Pumpkins song, see 1979 (song). ... South Hampton is a town located in Rockingham County, New Hampshire. ... A cartoonist at work. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (409x2385, 294 KB) This series of 5 panels were excerpted from the April 16 & April 17, 1951 Lil Abner strips. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (409x2385, 294 KB) This series of 5 panels were excerpted from the April 16 & April 17, 1951 Lil Abner strips. ... September 28 is the 271st day of the year (272nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1909 (MCMIX) was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... November 5 is the 309th day of the year (310th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 56 days remaining. ... For the Smashing Pumpkins song, see 1979 (song). ... A cartoonist at work. ... 1867 edition of the satirical magazine Punch, a British satirical magazine, ground-breaking on popular literature satire. ... This article is about the comic strip, the sequential art form as published in newspapers and on the Internet. ... Lil Abner was a comic strip in United States newspapers, featuring a fictional clan of hillbillies in the town of Dogpatch. ... Abbie and Slats is a comic strip which ran from July 12, 1937 to 1971, initially written by Al Capp and drawn by Raeburn van Buren. ... The National Cartoonists Society is an organization of professional cartoonists created in 1946. ... The Reuben Awards, named for Rube Goldberg, are presented each year by the National Cartoonists Society. ... Elzie Crisler Segar (born December 8, 1894 - died October 13, 1938) was an American cartoonist who created the famous comic-strip character Popeye in 1929. ...

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Early life

Born Alfred Gerald Caplin of Jewish heritage, Capp was the eldest child of Otto and Tillie Caplin, and a native of New Haven, Connecticut. He lost his right leg in a trolley accident at the age of nine. Nickname: The Elm City Location in Connecticut Coordinates: NECTA New Haven Region South Central Region Settled 1638 Incorporated (city) 1784 Consolidated 1895 Government type Mayor-board of aldermen Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. ... It has been suggested that this article be split into multiple articles. ...


Capp spent five years at Bridgeport High School in Bridgeport, Connecticut without receiving a diploma. The cartoonist liked to tell how he failed geometry for nine straight terms.[1] Nickname: Location in Connecticut Coordinates: NECTA Bridgeport-Stamford Region Greater Bridgeport Incorporated (town) 1821 Incorporated (city) 1836 Government type Mayor-council Mayor John M. Fabrizi Area    - City 19. ...


Ten years later, A. G. Caplin went to New York and found work drawing Mister Gilfeather, a one-panel, AP-owned property. He did this long enough to hate the feature and meet Milton Caniff before leaving town abruptly, moving to Boston and marrying Catherine Wingate Cameron (whom he had met earlier). The Associated Press, or AP, is an American news agency, the worlds largest such organization. ... Milton Arthur Paul Caniff (February 28, 1907-May 3, 1988) was an American cartoonist most famous for Terry and the Pirates. ...


Leaving his new wife with her parents in Amesbury, Massachusetts, he subsequently returned to New York. There he met Ham Fisher, who hired him to help on Joe Palooka. For the town in Wiltshire, England, see Amesbury Seal of Amesbury, MA Amesbury is a city located in Essex County, Massachusetts. ... Ham Fisher is an American comic strip writer. ... The comic-strip heavyweight boxing champion Joe Palooka, drawn by Ham Fisher changed his appearance to fit the reigning real-life champ -- until the coming of African-American Joe Louis in the 1930s, after which Palooka remained a cowlicked blond. ...


During one of Fisher's extended vacations, Capp's Joe Palooka story arc featured a stupid, strong hillbilly named Big Leviticus, a prototype for Li'l Abner. And, during this period, Capp was also working on samples for the strip that would become Li'l Abner. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Lil Abner was a comic strip in United States newspapers, featuring a fictional clan of hillbillies in the town of Dogpatch. ...


Leaving Joe Palooka, Capp sold Li'l Abner to the United Features Syndicate and the feature was launched on Monday August 13, 1934.


Li'l Abner

The comic strip starred Li'l Abner Yokum, the lazy, dumb, but good-natured and strong hillbilly who lived in Dogpatch with Mammy and Pappy Yokum. Whatever energy he had went into evading the marital goals of Daisy Mae, his well-endowed girlfriend, until Capp finally gave in to reader pressure and allowed the couple to marry. This was such big news that the happy couple made the cover of Life magazine. Dogpatch was the fictional setting of most of Al Capps Lil Abner comic strip. ... A cover of Life Magazine from 1911 Life has been the name of two notable magazines published in the United States. ...


Abner's home town of Dogpatch was peopled with an assortment of memorable characters, including Marryin' Sam, Wolf Gal, Lena the Hyena, Indian Lonesome Polecat, and a host of others, notably the beautiful, full-figured women Stupefyin' Jones and Moonbeam McSwine. Perhaps Capp's most popular creations were the Shmoo, creatures whose incredible usefulness and generous nature made them a threat to civilization as we know it. Another famous character was Joe Btfsplk, who wanted to be a loving friend but was "the world's worst jinx", bringing bad luck to all those nearby. Btfsplk always had a small dark cloud over his head. A shmoo is a fictional cartoon creature, created and first drawn by the cartoonist Al Capp in his newspaper comic strip Lil Abner. ... Joe Btfsplk is a character in the comic strip Lil Abner. ... A jinx, in popular superstition and folklore, is: A sort of curse placed on a person that makes them prey to large numbers of minor misfortunes and other forms of bad luck; A person afflicted with a similar curse, who, while not directly subject to a series of misfortunes, seems... A four leaf clover is often considered to bestow good luck This article is about fortune. ...


Li'l Abner also featured a comic-strip within the comic-strip Fearless Fosdick (a parody of Dick Tracy). Fearless Fosdick was a policeman who was the hero of the Lil Abner character in Al Capps Lil Abner comic strip which appeared from 1934 to 1977. ... Chester Gould art for cover of 1947 Quaker Puffed Wheat giveaway with reprints of early 1940s Dick Tracy strips Dick Tracy is a long-run comic strip featuring a popular and familiar character in American pop culture. ...


The Dogpatch residents regularly combatted the likes of city slickers, business tycoons, government officials and intellectuals with their homespun wisdom and ingenuity. Situations often took the characters to other parts of the globe, including New York City, tropical islands, and a miserable frozen land of Capp's invention, "Lower Slobbovia." Nickname: Big Apple, Gotham, NYC Location in the state of New York Coordinates: Country United States State New York Boroughs The Bronx Brooklyn Manhattan Queens Staten Island Settled 1613  - Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Area    - City 1,214. ...


At its peak, Li'l Abner was read daily by 70 million Americans (when the US population was only 180 million). Many communities, high schools and colleges staged "Sadie Hawkins Day" events, patterned after the similar annual event in the strip. Sadie Hawkins Day was a day-long event in Al Capps comic strip Lil Abner, named after Sadie Hawkins, the homeliest gal in all them hills. ...


The 1940s and 1950s

During and after World War II, Capp worked without pay going to hospitals to entertain patients, especially to cheer recent amputees and explain to them that the loss of a limb did not mean an end to a happy and productive life. Combatants Allied Powers: United Kingdom France Soviet Union United States Republic of China and others Axis Powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Winston Churchill Charles de Gaulle Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Chiang Kai-Shek Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tojo Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33... A physician visiting the sick in a hospital. ...


In 1940, a motion picture adaptation starred Granville Owen as Li'l Abner, with Buster Keaton taking the role of Lonesome Polecat. A successful musical comedy adaptation of the strip opened on Broadway November 15, 1956 and had a long run of 693 performances. The stage musical was adapted into a motion picture in 1959 by producer Norman Panama and director Melvin Frank with several performers repeating their Broadway roles. For other uses see film (disambiguation) Film refers to the celluliod media on which movies are printed Film — also called movies, the cinema, the silver screen, moving pictures, photoplays, picture shows, flicks, or motion pictures, — is a field that encompasses motion pictures as an art form or as... Joseph Frank Keaton Jr. ... Broadway theatre[1] is often considered the highest professional form of theatre in the United States. ... November 15 is the 319th day of the year (320th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 46 days remaining. ... Year 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In one run of strips in 1957, Capp lampooned the comic strip Mary Worth as "Mary Worm", depicting the title character as a nosy do-gooder. Allan Saunders, the creator of the Mary Worth strip, returned Capp's fire with the introduction of the character "Hal Rapp", a foul-tempered, ill-mannered cartoonist. [2] Mary Worth is a comic strip originally written by Allen Saunders and drawn by Ken Ernst. ...


The '60s & '70s

Capp and a platoon of assistants kept the strip going throughout the 1960s and into the 1970s. No matter how much help he had, Capp insisted on drawing the faces and hands himself, and, as is usual with collaborative efforts in comic strips, his name was the only one credited. Frank Frazetta, later famous as a fantasy artist, drew the beautiful women in the strip's later years. Frank Frazetta (born February 9, 1928) is one of the worlds most influential fantasy and science fiction artists. ... Fantasy Art by Boris Vallejo Fantasy Art by George Grie Fantasy Art by Michael Parkes Fantasy Art by Heinz Zander Fantasy art is a genre of art that depicts magical or other supernatural themes, ideas, creatures or settings. ...


In the '60s, Capp's politics swung from liberal to conservative, and instead of caricaturing big business types, he began spoofing counterculture icons such as Joan Baez (in the character of "Joanie Phoanie", a wealthy folksinger who offers an impoverished orphanage one million dollars' worth of "protest songs"[3]). He also attacked student political groups, such as the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) as "Students Wildly Indignant About Nearly Everything" (SWINE). He became a popular speaker on college campuses during the era, attacking anti-war protesters and demonstrators, including John Lennon and Yoko Ono at their Bed-In for Peace. [4] Liberalism is an ideology, philosophical view, and political tradition which holds that liberty is the primary political value. ... Conservatism is a political philosophy that usually favors traditional values and strong foreign defense. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Joan Chandos Báez (born January 9, 1941) is an American folk singer and songwriter known for her highly individual vocal style. ... SDS Button Logo The Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) was, historically, a student activist movement in the United States that was one of the main iconic representations of the countrys New Left. ... John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980), (born John Winston Lennon, known as John Ono Lennon) was an iconic English 20th century rock and roll songwriter and singer, best known as the founding member of The Beatles. ... Yoko Ono Lennon (born February 18, 1933) is a Japanese musician and artist best known as the widow of John Lennon of The Beatles. ... John Lennon and Yoko Onos Bed-In video During the Vietnam War in 1969 John Lennon and Yoko Ono held two week-long Bed-Ins for Peace, which were their non-violent ways of protesting wars and promoting peace. ...


In 1971, he was charged with attempted adultery by complaint of a female student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. It developed that there were similar allegations from other campuses. Capp pleaded no contest and withdrew from public speaking. The resulting bad publicity led to hundreds of papers dropping his comic strip [5]. The University of Wisconsin–Madison (also known as UW–Madison, Madison, University of Wisconsin, or UW) is a public research university located in Madison, Wisconsin. ... In criminal trials in some common law jurisdictions, a plea of nolo contendere means that the defendant neither admits nor disputes the charge, and is an alternative to pleading guilty or not guilty. ...


Li'l Abner lasted until 1977, and Capp died two years later from emphysema, at his home in South Hampton, New Hampshire. South Hampton is a town located in Rockingham County, New Hampshire. ...


Trivia

In 1968 a theme-park called Dogpatch USA opened at Jasper, Arkansas based on Capp's work and with his support. The park was a popular attraction during the 1970s but was abandoned in 1993 due to financial difficulties and remains unused and in disrepair. Dogpatch USA billboard Dogpatch USA is a defunct theme park located on State Highway 7 between the cities of Harrison and Jasper in the state of Arkansas, USA, an area known today as Marble Falls. ... Jasper is a city located in Newton County, Arkansas. ... Official language(s) English Capital Little Rock Largest city Little Rock Area  Ranked 29th  - Total 53,179 sq mi (137,732 km²)  - Width 239 miles (385 km)  - Length 261 miles (420 km)  - % water 2. ...


His younger brother Elliot Caplin also became a comic strip creator, best known for writing the soap opera strip The Heart of Juliet Jones. Elliott Caplin was born on Dec 25, 1913 and died on Feb 20, 2000 in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. ... For Philippine Soap opera, see Teleserye. ... ...


Al Capp designed the sculptures of Flintabbety Flonatin that grace the city of Flin Flon, Manitoba. Flin Flon, Manitoba-Saskatchewan (pop. ...


For further reading

  • Sheridan, Martin, Comics and Their Creators (1942)

Footnotes

  1. ^ [1]"Al Capp" Web page of Bridgeport Central High School Web site, accessed August 13, 2006, cited Comics and Their Creators by Martin Sheridan (1942)

August 13 is the 225th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (226th in leap years), with 140 days remaining. ... 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

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Al Capp Summary (1726 words)
Capp was born Alfred Gerald Caplin in New Haven, Connecticut, on September 28, 1909.
Al Capp (September 28, 1909 – November 5, 1979) was a Jewish American cartoonist best known for the satiric comic strip, Li'l Abner.
Born Alfred Gerald Caplin, Capp was the eldest child of Otto and Tillie Caplin, and a native of New Haven, Connecticut.
Al Capp - MSN Encarta (351 words)
Al Capp (1909-1979), influential American comic-strip artist, creator of the comic strip Li'l Abner, considered one of the most important comic strips of its era.
Capp created a mythical hillbilly land called Dogpatch and filled it with imaginary creatures, such as Shmoos and Kigmies.
Capp used sophisticated language in Li'l Abner, combining a southern United States dialect with puns, wordplay, and irony.
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