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YOKEL AND HOKUM: WINNING COMBINATION YOKUM – Al Capp and the way the world viewed the American South

A winning cartoonist, between Li’l Abner Yokum and Pappy Yokum

Created by artist Jon P. Mooers in 2010, a life-size mural commemorates the centenary of Al Capp‘s birth Nevertheless, that is not all. Since his death in 1979, his work has been the subject of over 40 books. In early 1932, he produced advertising strips, living in Greenwich Village, and wandering around New York looking for work. Finally, working for the Associated Press, he drew Colonel Gilfeather. He met Milton Caniff and became friends with him. Moving to Boston, he married a girl he had previously met in art class. His Li’l Abner, a burlesque mountaineer who lived in bizarre situations, became one of the best-drawn strips of the twentieth century. He populated his comics with memorable characters, such as Evil-Eye Fleegle and Lena the Hyena, Nightmare Alice and many others. Also noteworthy were her beauties Daisy Mae and Wolf Gal.

His education came from some New England art schools, from which he was however expell for failing to pay tuition. When he returned to New York at the time of the Great Depression, with lots of drawings and five dollars in his pocket, he found that people were sleeping in the alleys. There his crude mountaineer Big Leviticus was born. In 1995, his character Li’l Abner was included in the American comics included in the USPS commemorative stamp series. Al Cap had an extraordinary talent for popularizing some uncommon words, such as nogoodnik and cleannik. He based some of his characters on the mountain dwellers he met between West Virginia and the Cumberland Valley. In 1934, he sold his Li’l Abner to the United Feature Syndicate, of which cartoons were publish with immediate success in eight North American newspapers. It was then that his real name, Alfred G. Caplin, became Al Capp.

Born in 1909 in New Haven (Connecticut), to Latvian parents, Al Capp had two cartoonist brothers and an advertising sister. He too became a cartoonist, largely thanks to his satirical comic Li’l Abner. As a form of therapy to avoid thinking about the loss of his leg, his father introduced him to drawing. Among his favorite childhood authors, Mark Twain and Robert Benchley, as well as Shakespeare and George Bernard Shaw. Among the influences that strengthened his creative abilities, those of cartoonists Tad Dorgan, Rudolph Dirks and Milt Gross. With his comics, he has reached the attention of tens of millions of readers in 28 countries.

By Li’l Abner, in 1946 he drew the 34-page autobiography that was distributed to amputee veterans of World War II. In 1947, he won the National Cartoonists Society’s Reuben Award as Cartoonist of the Year, while in 1979 he was award the Elzie Segar Award for his contribution to the profession of cartoonist. Hit by a tram at the age of nine, Al Capp suffered an amputation of his left leg above the knee. Probably, that misfortune forged his cynical way of perceiving the world. His satire, at least in part, was a creative response to his disability, that is, a way of being indifferent to that cumbersome difference.

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