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Li'l Abner

Ethan Mordden

in Coming up Roses

Published in print November 2000 | ISBN: 9780195140583
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199848867 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195140583.003.0011
Li'l Abner

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In New York, theatregoers divided into all sorts of groups—those who went only to the more audacious offerings of off Broadway, those who followed favorite stars, and so on. But everyone went to musicals, because they were reflections of culture. Perhaps it was inevitable that the musical would get around to Al Capp's comic strip of life in Dogpatch—a hillbilly mountain town of freaks and types—because social commentary was Capp's stock-in-trade. The series, which started in 1934 when Capp left his job as Ham Fisher's assistant on Joe Palooka, was an entirely original one, fantastical and wide-ranging, eager to tackle anything in American life that Capp felt needed a good, solid spanking. At the center stood the gloriously stupid hunk Abner Yokum, his ridiculous little Pappy and formidable Mammy, along with Abner's eternal girl friend, Daisy Mae Scragg.

Keywords: off Broadway; Dogpatch; Al Capp; culture; comic strip

Chapter.  2943 words. 

Subjects: Popular Music

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