Al Capp's Li'l Abner: The Frazetta Years, Volume 4 (1960-1961)

Al Capp's Li'l Abner: The Frazetta Years, Volume 4 (1960-1961)

by Frank Frazetta, Al Capp
     
 

This volume features two separate Fearless Fosdick adventures. In one, our favorite bumbling detective moonlights as female officer Phyllis Fosdick. Paramount successfully released their Li'l Abner movie in 1959, but here Li'l Abner makes a separate film... with disastrous results. Years before Japan invaded the American auto market, Capp presciently depicts the…  See more details below

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This volume features two separate Fearless Fosdick adventures. In one, our favorite bumbling detective moonlights as female officer Phyllis Fosdick. Paramount successfully released their Li'l Abner movie in 1959, but here Li'l Abner makes a separate film... with disastrous results. Years before Japan invaded the American auto market, Capp presciently depicts the success of the $19.95 Japanese Nomotocar (it has no motor), and Capp foresaw the cross-breeding of animals long before DNA manipulation. Also featured in this volume: jinx Joe Btfsplk, pilot Captain Eddie Ricketyback, corrupt Senator Jack S. Phogbound, and criminal Abner doppelganger Gat Garson! Each quarterly volume contains extensive story-by-story annotations by Li'l Abner and Al Capp expert Denis Kitchen.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
During the 1940s and '50s, Li'l Abner was one of America's most popular comic strips, while creator Capp was hailed as a satirist in the same league as Voltaire and Mark Twain. The strip focused on how the naive hillbilly residents of Dogpatch got along with each other and with representatives of the more sophisticated, corrupt world around them. In particular, Li'l Abner Yokum was a strapping youth who was too ignorant and good-natured to realize how people were being abused by corrupt politicians and tycoons, and he was physically indestructible to boot. Like his family and neighbors, somehow he always survived the worst life could throw at him. At his best, Capp used the Dogpatchers as foils for wild comedy that was also genuinely biting social criticism. He was willing to take on anybody. Unfortunately, the reverse side of that readiness to attack was that Capp didn't really like anybody either, and his misanthropy was beginning to show by the time the strips collected here were done. On the other hand, the strip seldom looked better, since in 1954 Capp hired Frank Frazetta to help with the drawing. Frazetta's fondness for big, muscle-bound males and scantily clad, voluptuous females fit perfectly. He's good at rendering Capp's troupe of grotesque characters too, such as Joe Btfsplk, the walking jinx; and Fearless Fosdick, a parody of Dick Tracy. Their antics distract from the writing's basic bitterness. This carefully produced collection of Sunday strips is enjoyable despite the sad aura of approaching emotional meltdown. (Jan.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Capp's legendary comic strip Li'l Abner related the nutty adventures of the simple but upstanding Li'l Abner Yokum, the barefoot blond Daisy Mae, and the other dirt-poor residents of Dogpatch from 1934 to 1977. During the 1954-61 period, covered by a four-book series whose final volume is reviewed here-nominated for a 2004 Eisner Award for "Best Archival Collection/Project"-the Li'l Abner Sunday strips were penciled by Frazetta, who later became famous for his heroic fantasy paintings. Frazetta's cartooning is lively and excellent, tossing in gorgeous drawings of beautiful women on any excuse, or none at all-one recurring tableau shows the voluptuous Moonbeam McSwine lounging with her favorite friends, the pigs. Capp's satire is broad, goofy, and unsubtle, and his plots are ridiculous, but the strips are quite fun. Capp expert Denis Kitchen provides annotations and also points out the sexual imagery that Capp snuck into the strip. One volume is enough for smaller libraries; large ones should consider purchasing all four. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781593071332
Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Publication date:
03/03/2004
Series:
Li'l Abner Series, #4
Pages:
120
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 12.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

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