Throughout the years fans of the Li’l Abner comic strip were not only entertained by creator Al Capp’s major characters, Li’l Abner, Daisy Mae, Mammy Yokum, Pappy Yokum, and Fearless Fosdick, but they were also treated to a constant and colorfully unique world of supporting characters.
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Joe Btfsplk: World’s most loving friend and worst jinx who always travels with a dark cloud over his head.
Tiny Yokum:Abner’s 15 1/2 year old brother.
Honest Abe Yokum: Abner and Daisy Mae’s little boy.
Marryin’ Sam: The preacher who specializes in $2 weddings.
General Bullmoose: Al Capp created General Bullmoose in June 1953 as the epitome of a ruthless capitalist. Bullmoose’s motto “What’s good for General Bullmoose is good for the USA!” was adapted by Capp from a statement made by Charles E. Wilson, the former head of General Motors and Secretary of Defense under President Dwight Eisenhower. In 1952 Wilson told a Senate subcommittee, “What is good for the country is good for General Motors, and what’s good for General Motors is good for the country.” Li’l Abner became embroiled in many implausible but hilarious adventures with the cold-hearted Bullmoose over the years.
Evil Eye Fleegle: His quadruple whammy can melt a battleship.
Earthquake McGoon: The bearded and barrel-chested Earthquake McGoon billed himself as “the world’s dirtiest wrassler.” He first appeared in the comic strip as a traveling exhibition wrestler in the late ’30s and became increasingly prominent when early television greatly enhanced the popularity of professional wrestling. McGoon is one of the very few secondary characters to make an appearance in both the 1940 “Li’l Abner” movie and the 1950’s Broadway musical. In the latter he came close to marrying Daisy Mae.
Stupefyin’ Jones: Statuesque actress Julie Newmar played Stupefyin’ Jones in the 1956 Broadway musical of “Li’l Abner” —and she never spoke or sang a single line! Stupefyin’ was so gorgeous that men who saw her literally froze in their tracks.
Jubilation T. Cornpone: A town as forlorn as Dogpatch is bound to be hard up for heroes. Thus it comes as no surprise that its most famous son, memorialized by a statue, is civil war General Jubilation T. Cornpone, best known for “Cornpone’s Retreat,” “Cornpone’s Disaster” and “Cornpone’s Rout.” But what he is really best known for is inspiring the most rousing and memorable song in the popular “Li’l Abner musical. The first verse:
“When we fought the Yankees and annihilation was near, who was there to lead the charge that took us safe to the rear? Why it was Jubilation T. Cornpone, old toot-your-own-horn pone. Jubilation T. Cornpone, a man who knew no fear.”
Senator Phogbound: Pot-bellied Jack S. Phogbound was satirist Al Capp’s skewed archetype of a filibustering southern politician. Senator Phogbound was a corrupt, conspiratorial blowhard, who often wore a coonskin cap and carried a ramrod rifle to show his constituents he remained a trustworthy good ol’ boy. Phogbound seemed to spend a disproportionate amount of his time campaigning or passing through Dogpatch, which made sense from a plot standpoint, but where, it can be assumed, no one ever voted.