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Li'l Abner: The Comic Strip That Changed The Face Of The American South

 

Li'l Abner, a satirical American comic strip that appeared in newspapers in North America and Europe, chronicled the shenanigans of an inspiring group of hillbillies living in the fictional Appalachian town of Dogpatch, United States, one of them beautiful and The hardworking Daisy was my scruff. A woman completely devoted to Abner; Mamie, the unofficial mayor of Dogpatch, and her husband, Puppy; And of course, Lil Abner. In 1953, a single El-er Abner arrived at the scene in the form of Honest Abe, the son of Abner and Daisy Mae.

With 60 million readers across 1,000 newspapers spanning 43 years between August 13, 1934 and November 13, 1977, Al Cap's comic strip changed the way the entire world viewed the American South. Its good, scary characters prevailed through challenge after challenge, with many readers starting to question their assumptions about people who used words like "naturally" and "double whammy". The strip actually introduced many words and concepts into the lexicon, including Sadie Hawkins' dance and the idea of ​​Shamu, a fictional creature in comic strips whose name has been adopted by many fields of science to describe various processes and objects.


Cap himself, for better or worse, wasn't nearly so healthy. He considered his beloved strip to be nothing more than a business by some, although when he decided to retire, he refused to allow anyone to continue with it, possibly because many of his characters lived in their real lives. were associated with. For example, Mamie and Puppy were inspired by their parents, Tilly and Otto.

Whatever the case, some might say it would have been better for everyone if Cap had handed over the reins to Lil Abner. By the '60s, most of his primary assistants had been fired or resigned, and the second-rate talent he brought in to replace them could not capture the look and feel of the characters. Cap's personal politics also changed radically during this time, and he was accused of exposing himself to actresses who worked on his film and TV projects (including Goldie Hawn and Grace Kelly) as well as college. had auditioned for a group of students.

As a result, many readers canceled their subscriptions to the newspapers run by Li'l Abner, which by then had significantly declined in quality. Cap was forced to face the writing on the wall and pulled the plug on the bandage in 1977, just two years before his death from emphysema at the age of 70.

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