Al Capp

Al Capp

A Life to the Contrary

Book - 2013
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More than thirty years have passed since Al Capp's death, and he may no longer be a household name. But at the height of his career, his groundbreaking comic strip, Li'l Abner , reached ninety million readers. The strip ran for forty-three years, spawned two movies and a Broadway musical, and originated such expressions as "hogwash" and "double-whammy." Capp himself was a familiar personality on TV and radio; as a satirist, he was frequently compared to Mark Twain.

Though Li'l Abner brought millions joy, the man behind the strip was a complicated and often unpleasant person. A childhood accident cost him a leg-leading him to art as a means of distinguishing himself. His apprenticeship with Ham Fisher, creator of Joe Palooka , started a twenty-year feud that ended in Fisher's suicide. Capp enjoyed outsized publicity for a cartoonist, but his status abetted sexual misconduct and protected him from the severest repercussions. Late in life, his politics became extremely conservative; he counted Richard Nixon as a friend, and his gift for satire was redirected at targets like John Lennon, Joan Baez, and anti-war protesters on campuses across the country.

With unprecedented access to Capp's archives and a wealth of new material, Michael Schumacher and Denis Kitchen have written a probing biography. Capp's story is one of incredible highs and lows, of popularity and villainy, of success and failure-told here with authority and heart.

Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2013
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9781608196234
Branch Call Number: B CAPP
Characteristics: x, 305 pages :,illustrations (some color) ;,25 cm
Additional Contributors: Kitchen, Denis 1946-


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Jul 31, 2019

American cartoonist and humorist, Al Capp (1909-1979) is probably best remembered for his creation of the highly-popular comic-strip "Li'l Abner" which first came into being back in the year 1934.

This biography of Capp (which was penned by Michael Schumacher) paints a very vivid portrait of a man who was both brilliant and likable. Yet, at the same time - He could be very stubborn and antagonistic, as well.

All-in-all - This biography is certainly worth your time to read.

May 27, 2019

Born (1909) in New Haven, Connecticut - Al Capp (birth name - Alfred Gerald Caplin) was (in his heyday) a mega-popular cartoonist and humorist. He is best known for his creation (in 1934) of the comic strip "Li'l Abner" which he continued to draw (sometimes with the help of others) until 1977.

Written by American biographer, Michael Schumacher - "Al Capp - A Life to the Contrary" provides a major literary portrait of a very complicated man who had as many friends as he did enemies.

This book of 305 pages also includes a 24-page photo gallery for your viewing pleasure.

*Note* - In 1979 - Al Capp (70 at the time) died of emphysema.


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