Monday, February 4, 2008

Amoozin Valentine - LIL' Abner by Al Capp

Valentine Greetings!
I hain't th' same no time, no place --
Sence love has kicked me in th' face!

Lil' Abner Valentine featuring Daisy Mae Scrugg
Alfred Gerald Caplin aka Al Capp
4 7/8" x 3 7/8" (4 7/8" x 7 5/8" opened)
made in USA
by Hallmark
dated 1946
United Feature Syndicate, Inc

May be part of a series

Al Capp got his professional start working for United Press as a syndicated cartoonist in the early 1930s.  He went on to work on Joe Palooka for Ham Fisher until he launched Lil Abner in 1934.

Capp used the frames of Lil Abner to parody other cartoons as well as celebrities and politicians of the day.   While figures like Frank Sinatra were amused by their depiction in the cartoon (as Hal Fascinatra) others like Liberace (Loverboynik) and Joan Baez (Joanie Phoanie) were less than thrilled.

To Mah Valentine! Today Ah ain't bashful 'cause Ah's got a "S'prise" so take a good "whiff" while Ah starts "makin' eyes"!

5 1/2" x 6"
circa 1940s
marked: made in USA
no other publisher's marks

Another of Capp's characters, Schmoo can be found on a host of merchandise.  He also created the Kigmies, Nogoodniks (the bad Schmoos) and Bad Iggle.

Capp was a larger than life character himself, opinionated and contradictory.  He carried on feuds both real (with Ham Fisher) and imaginary (with Allen Saunders, creator of Mary Worth).  His influence over the field of cartooning is undeniable.