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Li’l Abner featured in Throwback Thursday – Comics Edition in the Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel

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Article by Chris Foran of the Journal Sentinel: It’s hard to overstate how big a deal in pop culture “Li’l Abner” was in its day. At its peak, the comic strip by Al Capp was published in more than 900 … Continue reading

Dogpatch and Dogpatch U.S.A.

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In an era well before “political correctness” entered the vocabulary, Dogpatch exceeded every stereotype of Appalachia. The hillbillies in Li’l Abner’s town were poorer than poor. The houses were hopelessly ramshackle. Most Dogpatchers were dumber than dumb. The remainder were … Continue reading

The Shmoo

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The Shmoo first appeared in the strip in August 1948. According to Shmoo legend, the lovable creature laid eggs, gave milk and died of sheer esctasy when looked at with hunger. The Shmoo loved to be eaten and tasted like … Continue reading

Fearless Fosdick

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The “ideel” of Li’l Abner, Detective Fearless Fosdick was Al Capp’s long-running parody of Chester Gould’s “Dick Tracy.” Debuting in 1942, Fearless Fosdick became so useful to Capp and so popular in his own right, that the strip-within-a- strip became a regular … Continue reading

Sadie Hawkins Day

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Sadie Hawkins Day, an American folk event, made its debut in Al Capp’s Li’l Abner strip November 15, 1937. Sadie Hawkins was “the homeliest gal in the hills” who grew tired of waiting for the fellows to come a courtin’. … Continue reading

Character Profile: Mammy Yokum

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Mammy, born Pansy Hunks, was the pint-sized, highly principalled, cornpipe smoking leader of the Yokum clan. Her lethal right undercut, sometimes called the “good night Irene punch” helped her uphold law, order and decency. She seemed the toughest character and … Continue reading