Little Orphan AnnieTo millions of daily readers spanning five decades, Al Capp was the man who made them laugh as he injected "Lower Slobbovia," "the double whammy," and "Sadie Hawkins Day" into our popular lexicon. To Nobel-laureate John Steinbeck, he was "very possibly the best writer in the world today." This book proudly launches the first comprehensive archives of Li'l Abner, with the Sunday pages restored to their original beauty.

    Li'l Abner Vol. 1: 1934-1936

    by Al Capp
    Edited & Designed by Dean Mullaney, Essay by Bruce Canwell.
    Introduction by Denis Kitchen.

    Head for the hills! Next stop: Dogpatch, the sleepy little home of Pansy and Lucifer Ornamental Yokum and their 19-year-old son, Li’l Abner! Volume 1 of Al Capp’s comedy masterpiece starts at the beginning and includes all the full-color Sunday pages never before collected in book form. Li’l Abner moves to New York to live with his rich aunt and has to dodge both kidnappers and grasping socialites! Back home in Dogpatch, Marrying Sam works to get Abner and gorgeous Daisy Mae to the altar, while shiftless Hannibal Hoops schemes to split them apart! Then it’s a classic case of mistaken identity when Li’l Abner’s evil twin, the ruthless criminal Gat Garson, comes to town…

    Oversized 9.25" x 12" full color hardcover-with-dustjacket, 288 pp.,
    $49.99.ISBN: 978-1-60010-611-8.

    Li'l Abner Vol. 2: 1937-1938

    by Al Capp
    Edited & Designed by Dean Mullaney, Essay by Bruce Canwell.

    The big news in the second volume of the Complete Li'l Abner is Al Capp's creation of the first Sadie Hawkins Day, in which the womenfolk chase the menfolk, and whosoever gets caught is brought to the altar before Marryin’ Sam himself. Presenting the daily strips and color Sundays from 1937 and 1938.

    Oversized 9.25" x 12" full color hardcover-with-dustjacket, 288 pp.,
    $49.99. ISBN 978-1-60010-745-0.

    Li'l Abner Vol. 3: 1939-1940

    by Al Capp
    Edited & Designed by Dean Mullaney, Essay by Bruce Canwell.

    We invite you to (g-gulp!) (chuckle), (sigh!!), and (*moan*) like a real Dogpatcher at all the fun and excitement in Volume 3 of The Complete Li'l Abner! Enjoy breakneck comedy in these daily and full-color comic strips from 1939 and 1940, as Al Capp spoofs the movies Topper and The Grapes of Wrath—sends Lonesome Polecat and Hairless Joe to New York, armed with a fresh batch of Kickapoo Joy Juice—gets Adam Lazonga, the world's greatest lover, to give lessons in how to woo a gal "Dogpatch-style"—and stages a battle for the ages as Mammy Yokum throws down against mean ol' Mother Ratfield! In the introduction, Bruce Canwell continue to examine this slice of pure Americana, including a look at Li'l Abner's first appearance in the movies!


    Oversized 9.25" x 12.5" hardcover-with-dustjacket, 252 pp., $49.99.
    ISBN: 978-1-60010-927-9.

     

    Li'l Abner Vol. 4: 1941-1942

    by Al Capp
    Edited & Designed by Dean Mullaney, Essay by Bruce Canwell.

    High-octane humor and cockeyed characters—it’s the Cappian way! Sit a spell and you’ll meet Available Jones (“Is yo’ available, Available?”), Swami Riva, Big Stanislouse, Joe Btfsplk (the world’s greatest jinx!), Dorothy Lamour (yes, that Dorothy Lamour), Lorna Goon, Orville Wolf, Cherry Blossom, the parents of Gat Garson, Sadie Hawkins V, Dinsmore Jerque, J.P. Fangsby, Tiny Mite, and that hog-wallowin’ bundle of pulchritude, Moonbeam McSwine! They help make 1941 and 1942 fast, funny, and unforgettable!


    Oversized 9.25" x 12.5" hardcover-with-dustjacket, 252 pp., $49.99.
    ISBN: 978-1-61377-123-5.

     

    Li'l Abner Vol. 5: 1943-1944

    by Al Capp
    Edited by Dean Mullaney and Bruce Canwell.

    In the darkest hours of World War II, why were millions of people laughing? Because they were reading Li'l Abner, that’s why! The fifth volume of this series features daily strips and full-color Sundays from 1943 and 1944, with a zany cast of characters that includes Shadrack Throwback, “The Monster,” Madame Lazonga, and Joan L. Sullivan, plus returning favorites like Moonbeam McSwine, Swami Riva, and Available Jones. Capp also aims his satirical barbs at teen idol Frank Sinatra (yes, Frank Sinatra!), as a starving Li’l Abner Yokum croons his way into female hearts. Meanwhile, the hilarious take-off on Dick Tracy, Fearless Fosdick, is like getting two comic strips in one!


    Oversized 9.25" x 12.5" hardcover-with-dustjacket, 272 pp., $49.99.
    ISBN: 978-1-61377-514-1.

     

    Li'l Abner Vol. 6: 1945-1946

    by Al Capp
    Edited by Dean Mullaney and Bruce Canwell.

    The complete comics from 1945 and 1946. Beware, readers, beware! Amidst such buxom beauties as Daisy Mae, Wolf Gal, and Moonbeam McSwine, nothing can prepare Abner—or you!—for (*choke*) Lena the Hyena, the woman so hideous, so frightening, that men literally leave their country to avoid her face. When Fearless Fosdick cartoonist Lester Gooch plans to bring Lena from Lower Slobbovia to America, it sets off a fantastic chain of events that ropes in Boris Karloff, Frank Sinatra, and Salvador Dali!

    Meanwhile, super-jinx Joe Btfsplk returns—but the way trouble follows Li’l Abner around, it’s as if Joe never left! When Dogpatch’s most eligible (and reluctant!) bachelor falls for the man-crazy Prudence, Daisy Mae enlists top radio stars such as Sinatra and Kate Smith to sing “Li’l Abner, Don’t Marry That Girl!” Abner then has a close shave with diva Barbara Seville, chews the fat with Wolf Gal, turns Sadie Hawkins Day into a pipe dream for fans of Moonbeam McSwine, and then rustles up six thousand ham sangwidges to save Dogpatch from the terrible turnip termites.


    Oversized 9.25" x 12.5" hardcover-with-dustjacket, 272 pp., $49.99

     

    Coming Soon

    Li'l Abner Vol. 7: 1947-1948

    by Al Capp
    Edited by Dean Mullaney and Bruce Canwell.

    Shmoo’s Who?! What has been called “the greatest run of Li’l Abner ever” begins with Abner and Daisy Mae on a quest to locate the elusive Stanley Steamer. Meanwhile, Kickapoo Joy Juice prevents atomic disaster, while Fearless Fosdick tackles Anyface and the Chippendale Chair. “Evil Eye” Fleegle and Stupefyin’ Jones make their inaugural appearances (not together, thank goodness), and Tenderleif Ericson creates a memorable Sadie Hawkins Day, by Yiminy! But when Abner makes a trip to the Valley of the Shmoon, he finds mankind’s greatest benefactor—and mankind’s gravest threat! Laughs, thrills, and a healthy dose of gorgeous women all await in Li’l Abner Volume 7!

    Oversized 9.25" x 12.5" hardcover-with-dustjacket, 272 pp., $49.99.

     

Harold Gray

Born in New Haven, Connecticut in 1909, Al Capp was arguably the most famous cartoonist of his generation. He was a frequent and outspoken guest on NBC's Tonight Show, spanning hosts Jack Paar, Steve Allen, and Johnny Carson. He was also a guest, panelist, and sometimes host on late '40s and early '50s television programs and even briefly had his own show. The prolific satirist also wrote a syndicated newspaper column, had his own syndicated radio show, and was a frequent guest lecturer at campuses nationwide.