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26 Facts About Li'l Abner
Li'l Abner lived in a ramshackle log cabin with his pint-sized parents.
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Li'l Abner typically had no visible means of support, but sometimes earned his livelihood as a "crescent cutter" for the Little Wonder Privy Company which later changed to "mattress tester" for the Stunned Ox Mattress Company.
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In one post-World War II storyline Li'l Abner became a US Air Force bodyguard of Steve Cantor against the evil bald female spy Jewell Brynner .
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For 18 years, Li'l Abner slipped out of Daisy Mae's marital crosshairs time and time again.
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In 1952, Li'l Abner reluctantly proposed to Daisy to emulate the engagement of his comic strip "ideel", Fearless Fosdick.
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Li'l Abner's had married the inconsequential Pappy Yokum in 1902; they produced two strapping sons twice their own size.
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Li'l Abner had an unfortunate predilection for snitching "preserved turnips" and smoking corn silk behind the woodshed — much to his chagrin when Mammy caught him.
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Honest Abe Yokum: Li'l Abner and Daisy Mae's little boy was born in 1953 "after a pregnancy that ambled on so long that readers began sending me medical books, " wrote Capp.
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Li'l Abner had notoriously bad aim — often leaving a trail of collateral damage in his wake.
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Li'l Abner never married his own long-suffering fiancee Prudence Pimpleton, but Fosdick was directly responsible for the unwitting marriage of his biggest fan, Li'l Abner, to Daisy Mae in 1952.
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Li'l Abner left it at Dogpatch USA so there would be no headaches and problems.
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Li'l Abner featured a whole menagerie of allegorical animals over the years — each one was designed to satirically showcase another disturbing aspect of human nature.
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Publicity campaigns were devised to boost circulation and increase public visibility of Li'l Abner, often coordinating with national magazines, radio and television.
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Capp excelled at product endorsement, and Li'l Abner characters were often featured in mid-century American advertising campaigns.
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Li'l Abner was a comic strip with fire in its belly and a brain in its head.
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Li'l Abner was the subject of the first book-length, scholarly assessment of a comic strip ever published.
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In October 1947, Li'l Abner met Rockwell P Squeezeblood, head of the abusive and corrupt Squeezeblood Syndicate, a thinly veiled dig at UFS.
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Li'l Abner provided a whole new template for contemporary satire and personal expression in comics, paving the way for Pogo, Feiffer, Doonesbury and MAD.
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Li'l Abner was parodied in 1954 in the pages of EC Comics' humor comic, Panic, edited by Al Feldstein.
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Li'l Abner's success sparked a handful of comic strip imitators.
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Charlton published the short-lived Hillbilly Comics by Art Gates in 1955, featuring "Gumbo Galahad", who was a dead ringer for Li'l Abner, as was Pokey Oakey by Don Dean, which ran in MLJ's Top-Notch Laugh and Pep Comics.
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Li'l Abner never sold as a TV series despite several attempts, but Al Capp was a familiar face on television for twenty years.
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