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Li'l Abner: The Frazetta Years, Vol. 4: 1960-1961 Hardcover – March 16, 2004


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse (March 16, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593071337
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593071332
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 9.2 x 12.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,482,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

During the 1940s and '50s, Li'l Abner was one of America's most popular comic strips, while creator Capp was hailed as a satirist in the same league as Voltaire and Mark Twain. The strip focused on how the naive hillbilly residents of Dogpatch got along with each other and with representatives of the more sophisticated, corrupt world around them. In particular, Li'l Abner Yokum was a strapping youth who was too ignorant and good-natured to realize how people were being abused by corrupt politicians and tycoons, and he was physically indestructible to boot. Like his family and neighbors, somehow he always survived the worst life could throw at him. At his best, Capp used the Dogpatchers as foils for wild comedy that was also genuinely biting social criticism. He was willing to take on anybody. Unfortunately, the reverse side of that readiness to attack was that Capp didn't really like anybody either, and his misanthropy was beginning to show by the time the strips collected here were done. On the other hand, the strip seldom looked better, since in 1954 Capp hired Frank Frazetta to help with the drawing. Frazetta's fondness for big, muscle-bound males and scantily clad, voluptuous females fit perfectly. He's good at rendering Capp's troupe of grotesque characters too, such as Joe Btfsplk, the walking jinx; and Fearless Fosdick, a parody of Dick Tracy. Their antics distract from the writing's basic bitterness. This carefully produced collection of Sunday strips is enjoyable despite the sad aura of approaching emotional meltdown.
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From Booklist

The last in a series collecting the Li'l Abner newspaper strips on which renowned fantasy artist Frank Frazetta served as an assistant, this volume collects episodes from a period in which Abner-creator Capp's fluid cartooning and cornpone humor peaked (though many contend the strip jumped the shark when Abner finally married long-suffering Daisy Mae a decade earlier). These Sunday installments, reprinted in full color, feature the various hillbilly residents of Dogpatch--Abner and the rest of the Yokum family, Hairless Joe and Lonesome Polecat, and pulchritudinous pigkeeper Moonbeam McSwine--as well as pointy-jawed Dick Tracy parody Fearless Fosdick and the inhabitants of the frozen wasteland of Lower Slobbovia, the only place on earth worse off than Dogpatch. Capp's satiric streak is on display in send-ups of abstract art (painted by "Pablo Le Phonee") and Disneyland, where Abner's town is transformed into Dogpatchland. Hugely popular in its heyday and largely forgotten now, Abner, whose run concluded in 1977, is fondly regarded by hardcore comics fans and oldsters sentimental about "the funny pages." Gordon Flagg
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. Bond on January 3, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I loved the material, but I wish the publishers had taken some care in reproducing the strips. Most look as if they are poor color copies of old Sunday papers. A very few appear to have been re-colored acceptably, but most are pretty darn sloppy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Susan E. Buffum on January 3, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I purchased this volume as a gift for my Dad who was a big fan of L'il Abner in the 50's and 60's. Dad always liked Daisy Mae! I figured Dad who is a widower could use a little Daisy Mae in his life again. Of course I couldn't resist sitting down and reading the four volumes I bought for him- I did read L'il Abner when I was a kid in the 60's but a lot of it was way over my head back then. Now I can see it through adult eyes and I understand the satire and the subtle shades of humor far better then ever! It's been a fun and interesting meander down Memory Lane! Highly recommended for those who enjoy pure slapstick humor and outrageous satire!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Johnny Heering on July 9, 2004
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This is the final volume in the series of reprints of Sunday Li'l Abner strips. They chose to focus on the years when Frank Frazzetta was drawing the majority of the Sunday strips. I wish they would have printed the entire run of the series, but that's their decision. Anyway, Li'l Abner was a great comic strip for most of it's run, and this time period was no exception. Anyone with an interest in old time comic strips should get this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Beaker 63 on July 31, 2007
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Grew up reading this series. Now I have a permanent copy of my own. Good price and great product for comics junkies.
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