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Li'l Abner Volume 1

(Li'l Abner: The Complete Dailies and Color Sundays #1)

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Head for the hills with The Library of American Comics Next stop: Dogpatch, the sleepy little home of Pansy and Lucifer Ornamental Yokum and their 19-year-old son, Li'l Abner Eisner Award-winning editor/designer Dean Mullaney and biographical writer Bruce Canwell return to Dogpatch's roots in Volume 1 of The Complete Li'l Abner, containing Al Capp's comedy masterpiece from ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published March 1st 2010 by IDW Publishing (first published 2010)
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John Sgammato
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I won't be too critical of a piece that was never aiming for a Pulitzer. It was entertaining for a certain English-language newspaper-buying population, and it says as much about them (or more) that it does about the hillbillies that it lampoons. I read this with my anthropologist's hat on, and it works that way.
B
Dec 17, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: own, westend
Review, whar is yo?

So, really, is this dialect reasonable? I think not. I think it's an exercise in perversity. Once in a while this strip hits comic high notes. Maybe Capp got better. It's not bad. But it's not especially captivating most of the time.

I would be interested in some scholarship comparing this grandmother to the grandmother in the Beverly Hillbilles (spiritual successor) and Popeye (competitor.)

And also, isn't Abner a lout for not marrying Daisy Mae already?
Dominick
Jan 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
The first couple of years of this classic strip are pretty solid, generally; Capp's art, certainly, is sharp from the beginning, and the stories, though they tend to be rather shapeless, are amusing. Capp's dependence on a sort of winking implausibility works bet-ter than it really ought to. Fun stuff.
Adam
Feb 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Lil Abner is likely the quintessential American art. These IDW collections are thorough, though the panels are definitely too small.
Erik
Jul 06, 2014 rated it it was ok
Art is fun. Story is sometimes engaging but usually not funny. Fans of the Beverly Hillbillies would probably enjoy it.
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