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The Shmoo (How Al Capp's Cartoon Critter Captured The Nation's Attention)
Self | December 10, 2002 | PJ-Comix

Posted on 12/10/2002 6:32:55 AM PST by PJ-Comix

Have you ever heard of the Shmoo? You can be forgiven your ignorance on this subject since the Shmoo made its brief appearance in the newspaper comics pages over fifty years ago.

The Shmoo was the creation of cartoonist Al Capp in his popular Li'l Abner strip. With much fanfare Capp introduced the Shmoo in August 1948 and for the rest of the year the world went Shmoo crazy.

This creature inspired hundreds of Shmoo clubs all over North America as well as the "Society for the Advancement of the Shmoo." There were dozens of Shmoo products including Shmoo greeting cards, balloons, dolls, toys, jai-alai paddles, belts, suspenders, dairy goods, fountain pens, earrings, neckties, ashtrays, plant holders, soap, and curtains to name just a few. A garment factory in Baltimore turned out a line of Shmoo clothes including Shmooveralls.

The people of 1948 danced to the Shmoo Rhumba and the Shmoo Polka. The Shmoo entered our everyday language through such phrases as "What's Shmoo?" and "Happy Shmoo Year!" The best selling book, "The Life and Times of the Shmoo," was devoured by the reading public. Al Capp was even invited to go on a radio show to debate socialist Norman Thomas on the effect of the Shmoo on modern capitalism. Meanwhile in Germany, the commanders of the Berlin Airlift cabled Capp requesting a dozen inflatible Shmoos to be dropped from transport planes into Berlin as part of "Operation Little Vittles."

By now you are probably wondering why all the fuss over the Shmoo. Well, let me describe the Shmoo. It was a lovable bowling pin-shaped whiskered creature. The Shmoo yielded milk, eggs, cheesecake, and just about anything else you might desire. Shmoo meat when roasted was pork, when broiled it was steak, and when fried it was chicken. The eyes of a Shmoo made good suspender buttons and its whiskers made fine toothpicks. The skin when cut thin served as high quality cloth, cut thick it was leather, and cut in strips it became boards for housing.

Since the Shmoo was fast breeding and lived on practically nothing, it provided for almost all of society's needs. It turned out to be too much of a good thing. The Shmoos gave people all that they desired so the characters of Capp's comic strip quit their jobs. As a result of their indolence, civilization declined. Capp, himself sick of the Shmoo, finally dropped it from his strip early in 1949.


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I have done a lot of research on the topic of cartoonist Al Capp and find myself absolutely fascinated by him. A little known fact nowardays was the EPIC struggle between Capp and his former employer, Joe Palooka creator Ham Fisher. Capp used to work for Fisher on his Joe Palooka strip and created the hillbilly characters that he would later use in Li'l Abner. Capp absolutely HATED Fisher who was a rather despicable character. In fact, in an Atlantic magazine article, Capp recalled what a cheap SOB Fisher was in a story called "I Remember Monster." Also around 1950, Capp had Li'l Abner suddenly infused with cartoon genius but being forced to work for a horrible cartoonist based directly on Fisher.

Fisher in turn detested Capp. He always claimed that he stole the Li'l Abner characters from him when in fact, Capp developed those hillbilly characters based on the folks he saw when he traveled to the mountains of West Virginia as a youth.

In the early 1950's Capp was attempting to get a broadcaster license for ownership of a TV station in New England. It was then that Fisher forged several several "pornographic" type cartoons (although mild by today's standards) and released them, claiming that Capp should be denied the broadcasting license because of this. The forgery by Fisher was soon discovered and the Cartoonists association removed Fisher from its ranks. Shortly afterwards Fisher committed suicide. An obituary in the N.Y. Times dryly noted that Fisher left the minimum legally allowed to his family in his will (a testament to his cheapskatedness).

The reason why I am bringing all this up is that I am thinking of contacting the History Channel and requesting that they broadcast a program about this amazing Cartoonist Feud which ended in suicide. I think such a show would also show the viewers the history of newspaper cartooning in America. Ham Fisher is also an interesting story. Of limited artistic ability, Fisher actually hit the road and sold his Joe Palooka strip to newspapers around the country. He hired cartoonists such as Capp to do most of the actual work but paid them miserably.

If the History Channel wishes to produce such a program, I know where many of the documents of the Capp-Fisher feud can be found. I think this would make a FASCINATING topic.

1 posted on 12/10/2002 6:32:55 AM PST by PJ-Comix
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To: PJ-Comix
I remember seeing Al Capp as a regular on the Jack Parr show many years ago (I guess that dates me).
Too bad he died before he got to see his Hillbilly characters come to life for eight years in the White House.
2 posted on 12/10/2002 6:36:53 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: PJ-Comix
It would be a very interesting program, but nobody alive today remembers Al Capp, or Li'l Abner, for that mattter. I remember Capp having very right-wing attitudes back in the late sixties, most defintitely out-of-step with the rest of the media. In particular, I recall a big scene he had on live TV with John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

BTW, I was under the impression that Abner was set in the Ozarks, specifically Arkansas, not West Virginia.

3 posted on 12/10/2002 6:39:13 AM PST by Cincinatus
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
I read a lot of material in the library archives about Al Capp. He was considered EXTREMELY liberal when the strip began in the 1930s. Slowly Capp became more conservative until by the late 60s he was one of the most hated people on college campuses. There was even an episode where some leftist coed went to Al Capp's hotel room in an attempt to frame him.

Why the History Channel hasn't done a show about Capp I don't know. But a large chunk of the history of American newspaper cartooning can be told through him and especially though the incredibly bitter feud he had with Ham Fisher.

4 posted on 12/10/2002 6:42:04 AM PST by PJ-Comix
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To: Cincinatus
It would be a very interesting program, but nobody alive today remembers Al Capp, or Li'l Abner, for that mattter.

Yet MORE reason why the History Channel should do a show about him. I was watching the history of Bootleggers, Moonshiners, and Rum Runners last night on the History Channel and although I hadn't heard of a lot of the characters mentioned I found it absolutely fascinating. One of the best shows I've seen on the History Channel. And the segment on Junior Johnson running moonshine in fast cars in North Carolina was particularly interesting.

5 posted on 12/10/2002 6:45:15 AM PST by PJ-Comix
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To: Cincinatus
It would be a very interesting program, but nobody alive today remembers Al Capp, or Li'l Abner, for that mattter.

Are you aware that Li'l Abner ran until 1977?

6 posted on 12/10/2002 6:46:16 AM PST by jpl
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To: PJ-Comix
The shmoos also loved to be kicked and otherwise abused.

They were the perfect 'citizens' of communist dreamers everywhere; volunteers for the Marxist cannibal feast.

Moonbeam McSwine bump. ;^)
7 posted on 12/10/2002 6:47:16 AM PST by headsonpikes
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To: PJ-Comix

8 posted on 12/10/2002 6:50:00 AM PST by Charles Henrickson
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To: PJ-Comix
Al Capp bio at lil-abner.com
9 posted on 12/10/2002 6:52:02 AM PST by Charles Henrickson
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To: PJ-Comix
Yet MORE reason why the History Channel should do a show about him. I was watching the history of Bootleggers, Moonshiners, and Rum Runners last night on the History Channel and although I hadn't heard of a lot of the characters mentioned I found it absolutely fascinating

Did they mention the biggest bootlegger of them all, Joe Kennedy? No? Thought so.
BYW I remember the Schmoo very well. I had a blow up one as a kid. I remember they used to procreate like rabbits on steroids too. Very funny. I think now that it was a metaphor for big government/socialism. He was very much an anti-socialist, at least in his later years.

10 posted on 12/10/2002 6:54:44 AM PST by mc5cents
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To: PJ-Comix

Schmoo page at lil-abner.com

11 posted on 12/10/2002 6:55:03 AM PST by Charles Henrickson
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To: Charles Henrickson
Sorry! Let's try that link again:

THIS is the link to the Schmoo page

12 posted on 12/10/2002 6:57:00 AM PST by Charles Henrickson
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To: PJ-Comix
I'm old enough to recall seeing Capp guest on the Tonight Show and I recall him to be an interesting and engaging guest who, having a very serious limp, walked with the aid of a cane.

That was back during the 1960's and Capp had a female folk singer in his strip that he named "Joanie Phoney" (a takeoff on Joan Baez) who, when asked to donate $10,000 to an orphange, refused and instead replied that she would play a concert for them because that too was worth $10.000.

13 posted on 12/10/2002 6:58:48 AM PST by SamKeck
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To: Charles Henrickson
I just e-mailed the History Channel asking them to look into producing a program on the topic of the Capp-Fisher feud. I also sent them this thread to take a look at. :-)
14 posted on 12/10/2002 6:59:31 AM PST by PJ-Comix
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To: SamKeck
I'm old enough to recall seeing Capp guest on the Tonight Show and I recall him to be an interesting and engaging guest who, having a very serious limp, walked with the aid of a cane.

Ummm.... Capp limped because he lost his leg in a streetcar accident as a youth. BTW, he chronicled this incident in his comix. This is why a History Channel program on Capp would be so TERRIFIC---there are many cartoons that Capp drew about his own life. He even had a Sunday strip around 1950 portraying an evil cartoonist based directly on Ham Fisher who treats Li'l Abner like dirt.

15 posted on 12/10/2002 7:03:04 AM PST by PJ-Comix
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To: Charles Henrickson
Here is the info from that Shmoo page:

The Shmoo first appeared in the strip in August 1948. According to Shmoo legend, the lovable creature laid eggs, gave milk and died of sheer esctasy when looked at with hunger. The Shmoo loved to be eaten and tasted like any food desired. Anything that delighted people delighted a Shmoo. Fry a Shmoo and it came out chicken. Broil it and it came out steak. Shmoo eyes made terrific suspender buttons. The hide of the Shmoo if cut thin made fine leather and if cut thick made the best lumber. Shmoo whiskers made splendid toothpicks. The Shmoo satisfied all the world's wants. You could never run out of Shmoon (plural of Shmoo) because they multiplied at such an incredible rate. The Shmoo believed that the only way to happiness was to bring happiness to others. Li'l Abner discovered Shmoos when he ventured into the forbidden Valley of the Shmoon, against the frantic protestations of Ol' Man Mose. "Shmoos," he warned, "is the greatest menace to hoomanity th' world has evah known." "Thass becuz they is so bad, huh?" asked Li'l Abner. "No, stupid," answered Mose, hurling one of life's profoundest paradoxes at Li'l Abner. "It's because they're so good!"

Ironically, the lovable and selfless Shmoos ultimately brought misery to humankind because people with a limitless supply of self-sacrificing Shmoos stopped working and society broke down. Seen at first as a boon to humankind, they were ultimately hunted down and exterminated to preserve the status quo. (Thought extinct after the 1948 adventure, one Shmoo always seemed to escape to Dogpatch's Valley of the Shmoon to form a new colony and a later plot revival by Capp). Licensed Shmoo merchandise became a huge phenomenon in the late '40s and early '50s, spawning a wide variety of dolls, toys, glasses, wallpaper, belts, books, jewelry, balloons, clocks, ashtrays, cannisters, salt & pepper shakers, dairy products, banks, belts and ear muffs. There was even an official Shmoo fishing lure! These are all highly collectible items today.

16 posted on 12/10/2002 7:05:51 AM PST by PJ-Comix
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To: Charles Henrickson
There is one big error on that Shmoo Page link you provided. The Shmoo merchandise was NOT licensed. Al Capp never saw a cent from Shmoo merchandise. This was in an era before licensing products was common. Back then anybody who wanted to produce a Shmoo product could do so and keep all the profits.
17 posted on 12/10/2002 7:08:12 AM PST by PJ-Comix
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To: PJ-Comix
Al Capp books: Li'l Abner, Schmoo, Abbie an' Slats, Capp autobiography
18 posted on 12/10/2002 7:12:20 AM PST by Charles Henrickson
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To: jpl
Not to mention the fact that a very successful broadway musical based on the strip ran for years in the 60s. Believe it or not, it's still revived from time to time in high schools.
19 posted on 12/10/2002 7:12:50 AM PST by Illbay
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To: PJ-Comix
Lower Slobbovia bump.

Capp was magnificent. ;^)
20 posted on 12/10/2002 7:15:03 AM PST by headsonpikes
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To: PJ-Comix
It would be a very interesting program, but nobody alive today remembers Al Capp, or Li'l Abner, for that matter.

I had totally forgotten Li'l Abner, but I remember Daisy Mae and Sadie Hawkins day.

If you want to see the influence of Al Capp's comedic genius try looking at the Nashville produced HEE HAW TV Show. The regular comic characters on that show were pure Al Capp. Hee Haw used Capp like characters including the Maw and Pa characters, the not so stupid country bumpkin, and the scantily clad young females who just appeared for the purpose of providing sex appeal. Capp got away with it by creating gorgeous sensuous hillbilly females who were totally unaware of their sexuality. Hee Haw did the same to be acceptable the Bible Belt audience it reached. The downtrodden dumb ole country boy, out smarting the educated city slicker was a part of Capp's cartoons and Hee Haw.

21 posted on 12/10/2002 7:17:24 AM PST by Common Tator
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To: Illbay
The History Channel REALLY needs to do a show about the history of American newspaper cartooning centering on Al Capp. It is an extremely FASCINATING topic. I read some of the material from one of the earliest newspaper cartoons, The Yellow Kid and it's STILL funny after all these years!

BTW, the big downfall in American newspaper cartoons came sometime in the 1970s when newspapers stupidly reduced the cartoon panel sizes in order to make space for more cartoon stories. It was counter-productive because it was hard to get the correct artwork in such small panels. Also the number of cartoon panels was reduced which hurt the flow of the stories. People nowadays don't immediately turn to the comics pages of the newspapers like they used to.

22 posted on 12/10/2002 7:21:11 AM PST by PJ-Comix
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To: Common Tator
This was tranfused into several TV shows. Beverly Hillbillies, the Dukes of Hazard, among others.
23 posted on 12/10/2002 7:21:42 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: All
Al Capp was noted for creating controversy and I laughed even harder when he did. I recall the efforts of Fearless Fosdick to track down the thief who had stolen Moishe Dyan's ham sandwich. Dyan was the Israeli defense minister and, of course, this was perceived as an affront to the Jewish folk. Personally, I think that Al always had a little fun with whoever was available at the time.

I'll definitely date myself with this one, but there was t

he "nomoto" car which was Japanese made. Happened about the time the influx of Japanese cars really began to built in this country. The nomoto car had no motor and derived its propulsive energy from a harness that the driver wore around his chest. It worked well until, one day, a driver sees this "hot" chick on the street corner. The nomoto car driver's respiratory rate increased to the point where the car went out of control and crashed. That event ended the nomoto car's popularity in this country.

L'il Abner was one of my favorite comic strips and I looked forward to the politically incorrect aspect of it. No one at that time had ever heard of "political correctness" as far as I know.

FD

24 posted on 12/10/2002 7:22:14 AM PST by davisfh
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To: Common Tator
I think some of the Capp cartoon characters were used as nose art on WWII bombers.
25 posted on 12/10/2002 7:22:36 AM PST by PJ-Comix
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To: Common Tator
You could add The Beverly Hillbillies, too. (The BH series came out not long after the LA musical and movie.) The characters are fashioned after the Dogpatch denizens: Granny = Mammy Yokum; Jethro = Li'l Abner; Elly Mae = Daisy Mae; etc.
26 posted on 12/10/2002 7:23:55 AM PST by Charles Henrickson
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To: Common Tator
My favorite memory of Capp's strip was the one about General Bullmoose and his motor car company. The Japaneese brought out an auto named the No Moto Car. For power it used a strap around the chest of the driver and the breaths taken by the driver propelled the car.

General Bullmoose was being driven out of business until he came up with the idea of filling the streets with beautiful women wearing mini skirts and the male drivers of the No Moto car saw these women and breathed so fast that all the No Moto cars ran wild and wrecked.
27 posted on 12/10/2002 7:26:51 AM PST by Pepper's_Paw
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To: Pepper's_Paw
The history of America from the 1930s to the 1970s could be told through a proper presentation of the Al Capp cartoon strips. I really hope the History Channel produces such a program. I really like a lot of what the History Channel does. It's my FAVORITE channel for documentaries.
28 posted on 12/10/2002 7:34:12 AM PST by PJ-Comix
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To: PJ-Comix
I don't remember his comics very well, but I used to collect "Underground comix" years ago (for strictly art reasons). Some of the Hippy artists were big fans of Capp when growing up, then turned on him in the 60's.
29 posted on 12/10/2002 7:43:49 AM PST by pollwatcher
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To: PJ-Comix
Lil Abner was the greatest comic strip of all times
Capp's characters were fantastice
Remember the SCHMOO very well
30 posted on 12/10/2002 7:46:58 AM PST by uncbob
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To: Cincinatus
"but nobody alive today remembers Al Capp"

Have I just been declared legally dead?

When I was about 5 years old, my early Sunday morning duty was to bring in the Sunday paper and divide up the sections where I would end up with the cartoon section. Lil' Abner was one of my favorites.

There may be more of us "fossils", who read Al Capp's comic strips, lurking on this very forum.

31 posted on 12/10/2002 7:47:04 AM PST by capt. norm
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To: capt. norm
There may be more of us "fossils", who read Al Capp's comic strips, lurking on this very forum.

I resemble those remarks!

32 posted on 12/10/2002 7:52:31 AM PST by Senator_Blutarski
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To: uncbob
Injun Joe--Moonbeam McSwine--Earthquake McGoon--Fearless Fosdick--General Bullmooose--Wolf Gal--Evil Eye Fleagle ( My favorite the only thing that counter his Double Wammy Evil Eye was the Mammy Whammy Good Eye )--Joe Misplck ( Spelling but the guy with the cloud over his head that brought doom and gloom where ever he went)
33 posted on 12/10/2002 7:57:39 AM PST by uncbob
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To: uncbob
Forgot the Bald Iggle
34 posted on 12/10/2002 7:58:55 AM PST by uncbob
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To: uncbob
Lil Abner was the greatest comic strip of all times

CALLING THE HISTORY CHANNEL! CALLING THE HISTORY CHANNEL!

I've already done a lot of research on this topic and know where many of the important documents, especially as pertaining to the Capp-Fisher feud can be found. I wasn't researching this as some sort of assignment. It was sort of a hobby of mine. I became really fascinating in the relationship between Capp and Fisher and how it deteriorated to the point where it led to Fisher's suicide after he was discovered to have tried to frame Capp via forgery as the author of some "pornographic" cartoons.

35 posted on 12/10/2002 7:59:10 AM PST by PJ-Comix
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To: uncbob
Injun Joe amd Earthquake McGoon brewing up their famous KICKAPOO JUICE
36 posted on 12/10/2002 8:01:03 AM PST by uncbob
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To: Cincinatus
but nobody alive today remembers Al Capp, or Li'l Abner, for that mattter.

Oh!! Really??I certainly do remember the Al Capp strip. And still often chuckle over memories of it.

And I am a pretty young Guy.

37 posted on 12/10/2002 8:03:27 AM PST by carpio
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To: uncbob
Only DICK TRACY could rival Lil Abner for characters
38 posted on 12/10/2002 8:03:59 AM PST by uncbob
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To: Senator_Blutarski
There may be more of us "fossils", who read Al Capp's comic strips, lurking on this very forum.

I resemble those remarks!

Stupefying Jones and Jubilation T. Corpone dittos and a big ole "if your knees are weak and your brain is loose, what you need is Kickapoo Joy Juice" to those sentiments.

BTW. I'll bet you probably remember "A tip of the Hatlo Hat."

39 posted on 12/10/2002 8:05:39 AM PST by N. Theknow
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To: uncbob
Moonbeam McSwine, Stupefying Jones and Daisy Mae.

Going through puberty and reading the funny papers. Better than National Geographic or the Sears catalog.

40 posted on 12/10/2002 8:08:38 AM PST by N. Theknow
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To: uncbob
Joe Misplck ( Spelling but the guy with the cloud over his head that brought doom and gloom where ever he went)

I actually had a high school chemstry teacher, Mr. Roth, just like that character. Bad luck followed him everywhere. Once, Mr. Roth was reading a newspaper at his desk and the bottom of the paper got too close to the bunsen burner and set the newspaper on fire....but not before it had gone so far as to burn Mr. Roth's hands. Another time Mr. Roth thought he spilled hydrochloric acid on his hands so he grabbed the emergency beaker of water and poured it on his hands to wash off the acid. Problem was he did just the reverse. He first spilled harmless water on his hands and then poured the acid on the hands to wash it off.

The most hilarious bad luck incident came once when Mr. Roth was showing us a chemistry movie. The projector got stuck and the film started melting in the projector. A frantic Mr. Roth tried to turn on the classroom lights but they wouldn't turn on even though he was madly clicking the light switch rapidly up and down. The whole chemistry class roared with laughter at this scene. The noise attracted the attention of Mr. Cook, another chemistry teacher in the classroom next to us. Mr. Cook entered our classroom and saw Mr. Roth madly clicking the switch up and down in a desperate attempt to turn on the lights. Mr. Cook then brushed Mr. Roth aside, reached out, and with one quick click turned the classroom lights on.

There wasn't a student in that class that wasn't rolling in laughter on the floor at that point. I truly thought I would suffocate from lack of air due to all that laughing. It was the single funniest thing that I ever witnessed.

So don't think that bad luck character exists only in cartoons. They also exist in real life.

41 posted on 12/10/2002 8:08:54 AM PST by PJ-Comix
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To: PJ-Comix
I met Al Capp in 1970 (at Wm. F. Buckley's house, if you don't mind some name-dropping!) Capp was a hilarious raconteur who could have as easily made his living as a stand-up comic. He admitted to being a pinko during the 30's but was solidly conservative by the time the 60's began to fall apart. I still treasure his autograph and the little portrait of my wife's profile he sketched on a napkin.
42 posted on 12/10/2002 8:25:53 AM PST by Snickersnee
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To: PJ-Comix
FWIW, I DO turn to the comics page, nearly every day. Right after the sports.

(Why not the news? Why do I need to read my Leftist scandal-sheet when I have FR? I get the newspaper for the sports and comics, in that order!)

Oh, and I read nearly every comic (which is saying a lot because Houston Chronicle runs three and a half pages of comics daily). The only ones I DON'T read are one called "Sylvia," some Leftist FemiNazi strip, and one or two others.

I even read the serializations like "Apartment 3G," "Mary Worth," "Gil Thorpe," etc.

Yep, I'm a REAL throwback!

N.B. I also read "Prince Valiant," one of the oldest strips still in existence (probably older than "Li'l Abner") and which only runs on Sunday because it is several large panels.

It's STILL a great strip, and chock-full of historical trivia (and significa).

43 posted on 12/10/2002 9:16:01 AM PST by Illbay
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To: Pepper's_Paw
"What's good for General Bullmoose
Is good for the U.S.A!"

(From the Broadway show "Li'l Abner").

44 posted on 12/10/2002 9:18:08 AM PST by Illbay
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To: pollwatcher
I used to collect some of those! What were your favorites?

I liked the one (can't remember the name of it) about the guy whose head was open, like a coffee mug, and instead of a brain he had a chicken roosting up there.

45 posted on 12/10/2002 9:19:28 AM PST by Illbay
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To: uncbob
That was Kickapoo JOY Juice.
46 posted on 12/10/2002 9:20:43 AM PST by Illbay
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To: PJ-Comix
"Slowly Capp became more conservative until by the late 60s he was one of the most hated people on college campuses."

There's an incident attributed to Al Capp which, if true, illustrates his quick wit:

At the end of a speech by Al Capp at a university campus (this was when conservatives were still allowed to speak there) there came a question/answer session. A typical, "long-haired, maggot-infested, dope smoking, FM listening type" (as Limbaugh would say) stood up and proceeded to hurl a bunch of expletives Capp's way.

When he was done, Capp simply replied:
"Now that you've stated your name, what is your question?

47 posted on 12/10/2002 9:36:01 AM PST by KeyBored
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To: carpio; capt. norm; jpl
OK, OK -- all right, already! I apologize to all the geezers on this thread that remember Li'l Abner!
48 posted on 12/10/2002 9:43:28 AM PST by Cincinatus
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To: PJ-Comix
This 60 something guy sure does remember this adorable little critter.

Who could have know then that one of their evil twins would go on to serve 2 terms as POTUS ('92-'00)

Am I the only one to notice the resemblance?

49 posted on 12/10/2002 9:48:33 AM PST by Dick Bachert
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To: N. Theknow; PJ-Comix; Senator_Blutarski
I'll bet you probably remember "A tip of the Hatlo Hat."

I do. (Was it in "They'll Do It Every Time"?)

Anybody remember "Abbie an' Slats"? "Smokey Stover"?

I remember reading "the funny papers" (in color!) in the Chicago Tribune on Sundays during the '50s and '60s.

50 posted on 12/10/2002 1:22:59 PM PST by Charles Henrickson
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