As a kid, I eagerly read Li’l Abner in my local newspaper, the Niagara Gazette. This 190-page collection of comic strips features 26 stories from several eras. Al Capp wrote witty storylines for his comic creations. Lil Abner and Daisy are legendary characters. Their interplay is both touching and humorous.
Set in the town of Dogpatch U.S.A. with its poverty and backwardness, Al Capp uses satire to mock the pompous nature of congressmen, the concept of men’s dominance and superiority over women, and the foibles of Life. Al Capp invented Sadie Hawkins Day, Fearless Fosdick, Moonbeam McSwine, Schmoos, Lower Slobbovia, Kickapoo Joy Juice, and Barney Barnsmell. Although this collection was first published in 1978 by Holt, Rinehart and Winston plenty of the jokes and wit stand up to the test of Time. Did you read Li’l Abner? Are you a fan? GRADE: A