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Li'l Abner: The Frazetta Years, Vol. 4: 1960-1961

Capp, Al

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ISBN 10: 1593071337 / ISBN 13: 9781593071332
Published by U.S.A.: Dark Horse, 2004
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Near fine. FIRST EDITION THUS. The fourth out of four volumes celebrating Al Capp's satire and Frank Frazetta's illustrations. This volume gives us the final strips magically drawn by Frazetta, including Li'l Abner, Daisy Mae, and Fearless Fosdick -- and Capp's characters Joe Btfsplk, pilot Captain Eddie Ricketyback, Senator Jack S. Phogbound, along with the Japanese Nomatocar. Laminated pictorial boards. No dust cover (intentional). 118 pp. 9x12. Pages 110-118 give background behind each strip, including thumbnail prints. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-1473630072104

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Title: Li'l Abner: The Frazetta Years, Vol. 4: 1960...

Publisher: U.S.A.: Dark Horse

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Edition: 1st Edition

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This volume features two separate Fearless Fosdick adventures. In one, our favorite bumbling detective moonlights as female officer Phyllis Fosdick. Paramount successfully released their Li'l Abner movie in 1959, but here Li'l Abner makes a separate film... with disastrous results. Years before Japan invaded the American auto market, Capp presciently depicts the success of the $19.95 Japanese Nomotocar (it has no motor), and Capp foresaw the cross-breeding of animals long before DNA manipulation. Also featured in this volume: jinx Joe Btfsplk, pilot Captain Eddie Ricketyback, corrupt Senator Jack S. Phogbound, and criminal Abner doppelganger Gat Garson! Each quarterly volume contains extensive story-by-story annotations by Li'l Abner and Al Capp expert Denis Kitchen.

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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