Al Capp

Al Capp 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 r

  • Title: Al Capp
  • Author: Denis Kitchen Michael Schumacher
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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 fMore 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.

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    1. Just finished Al Capp: a Life to the Contrary, the recent biography. A very rewarding drawing together of many half-heard fragments and factoids that had come to me previously regarding the Little Abner creator. Co-written by comix publisher and cartoonist Denis Kitchen, the book particularly succeeds in satisfying a comic artist's curiosity about Capp's entry into the industry and his practical experiences day-to-day as a novice. The business details of Capp's feud with Ham Fisher and his marke [...]

    2. Despite his extraordinary skills as a cartoonist, Al Capp was an equally extraordinary asshole, as this biography establishes in some detail. A sexual predator, right-wing demagogue, and short-tempered man, Capp nonetheless is responsible for one of the most successful comic strips in history. "Li'l Abner" in its heyday attracted millions of readers, spawned a boatload of merchandise, and was adapted for both Broadway and Hollywood. This biography follows Capp from the days of a youthful street [...]

    3. I'm in my 60's, and old enough to remember when newspaper comic strips were as popular and vital to the culture as video games and social media are today. There was genuine wit and insight in some of the more sophisticated strips, such as Pogo, Gasoline Alley and the Katzenjammer Kids. And near the top of the list was Li'l Abner, a backwoods cartoon family that became a publishing, movie, Broadway, and all around media sensation.As the author of Li'l Abner, Al Capp also became a media sensation [...]

    4. via NYPL - Schumacher and Kitchen present a very informative and complex portrait of the contentious cartoonist.

    5. The most colorful Jews of the early 20th century were boxers, gangsters, and comic strip and comic book artists. Al Capp could well be the most colorful of the colorful: artist, social commentator, entrepreneur, radio personality, in all ways larger than life, and best known for his comic strip "Li'l Abner." His overbearing and often-surly disposition was due at least in part to the early loss of his left leg in an accident. Never content to settle for less than being the center of attention, hi [...]

    6. Well-written and organized. The authors put up a noble fight with their main obstacles: The length of time since Capp died, and the lack of reliable accounts of much of his life. But, in the end, those two things defeat them. Capp was a cheat and a bully his entire life, their evidence shows, but they pull their punches. It seems clear he was a serial sexual abuser, and likely rapist, but they keep that unmentioned until the proof became public late in his life. They allude to repeated cheating [...]

    7. AL CAPP: A Life to the Contrary. (2013). Michael Schumacher & Denis Kitchen. *****This is an excellent biography of Capp that manages to highlight both his accomplishments and his faults. During the many times I watched him on the Jack Paar or the Johnny Carson show, I immediately recognized that he was a curmudgeon, but one with an analytical sense of values. His amazing success with his creation of “L’il Abner” and the various spin-offs ultimately made him a very rich man. He managed [...]

    8. I wasn't a fan of Li’l Abner when I bought this book, although I was dimly aware of the comic. I read that the strip’s creator, Al Capp, was a savvy business man. I’m a freelance illustrator, so I thought I might pick up some tips from Capp’s immensely successful career. (I'm also keen on mid-century American culture.)Learning about Capp’ rise in the comics world was certainly interesting, but his personal life was absolutely fascinating:As a kid he lost a leg in trolley accident. He h [...]

    9. Sometimes it’s difficult to pin down true stories about celebrities. Jackie Gleason comes to mind. Stories change and icons often exaggerate their life experiences with each telling. Particularly in his earlier life Al Capp was no exception and authors here do a first-rate job trying to piece together truth and facts. But what a complicated character Al! Many reproachful words describe him -- brash, overbearing, loudmouth, egotistical, vindictive, testy, vitriolic, ludicrous, womanizer, venomo [...]

    10. I grew up with Li'l Abner. Of course it was in the late 50s, the 60s, well after the strips heyday of popularity and creativity in the 1940s and early 50s. I also remember the man Al Capp from his final days as a raging reactionary, never knowing that he had been a liberal.Overall, this biography is an homage to one of the seminal comic strip artists and creators of the Twentieth Century, so it may be a little too fawning toward its subject. The early Capp seems like a genial, if womanizing sexi [...]

    11. Interesting though problematic bio of the cartoonist. The authors lean far too heavily on Capp's own unpublished writings - which even they admit are unreliable - when discussing his early life. Information about Capp's wealth and income is sketchy after the launch of "L'il Abner" and it sometimes seems that Capp is credited for artwork on the strip that may well have been the work of assistants. Capp is frequently described as a "biting satirist" but there are too few examples included from the [...]

    12. So Al Capp started the whole satire of public life in the comic strips, if you were to believe the author. Ignoring the original comic, The Yellow Kid, which was nothing but satire. Sigh.Still, this is as good a bio as Capp is ever to get. It's remarkable to read about how the world lionized and enriched the cartoonists of his era. Sadly, much of Capp's rough and labored humor does not travel well beyond his era.And there's that whole rape thing--in hugs old age Capp began to sexually assault yo [...]

    13. Al Capp's life from childhood when he lost a leg to a trolley car accident through the end of his days is told in a very well researched book and I learned many things about Capp that I wasn't aware of. He actually coined the "Sadie Hawkins" term, created the Schmoo, and always drew and inked the heads of the characters in the Lil Abner strip to name a few. One of my favorite parts of the book relates the story of how Capp had a contest for fans to draw and submit the ugliest woman they could co [...]

    14. This book is written especially for persons who enjoyed L'i Abner and remember Dogpatch fondly. It is well written, with lots of interesting anecdotes that provide great insights into the life of Caplin. But you really need to want to know about a womanizing, self-promoting, amputee - who, long before Doonsbury, Peanuts or any of the other scions of comic wisdom - wrote one of the most insightful, no-holds-bared, irreverent cartoon strips of all time. If, like me, you liked L'l Abner, you will l [...]

    15. This is the first biography of Al Capp, the creator of Li'l Abner, which may be the greatest comic strip of all time. At least it was until the sixties, a time when Capp lost his way and became an angry curmudgeon, a sexual predator and rapist, all while his strip dwindled into irrelevance. I would have like to have read more about the strip, especially towards the end, and Capp's working methods. Despite that, a fine biography.

    16. A warts and all book about the creator of Lil' Abner. The author tells us of Capp's early childhood accident in which he lost a leg. His novel way of going to art school even though he couldn't afford the tuition. His cross country hitchiking where he got the inspration for Lil' Abner. His feud with Ham Fisher, the creator of Joe Palooka. His serial womanizing and later in life his very conservative political outlook. All in all a very good book about a great cartoonist.

    17. OK biography of Al Capp. Most interesting at the beginning. His downhill course at the end of his life was pretty depressing though. I've always liked his comic strips, but I did not realize he was not a very nice guy sometimes. One thing I did not know was that he only had one leg, and he did some charity work. Decent biography because it shows both sides of him.

    18. Excellent read. The narrative flows well and paints a vivid picture of the ol' polecat. The authors focus on Capp's formative years and salad days and then speed forward to his age of degenerative decline. The only thing I would like to see added is a short epilogue on Capp's surviving family and more details on the life and death of the theme park.

    19. Al Capp is a fascinating figure for sure, but Kitchen and Schumacher give us an unfocused account of his life and times. Little is revealed about key elements of his life and the subject can shift without warning. However, it is a biography willing to honestly examine a life and speak I'll of the dead. For that alone, it's an achievement.

    20. I think they never made the case of why Capp was 1. Important and 2. Funny. Since they presumed you knew, only true fans might get this book. By the end of this book, there won't be a true fan left; he was a pretty reprehensible guy.

    21. A ways and all bio of a man who was a major creative force of his time, an even bigger salesman and promoter, and of course, a complete jerk. The book kind of hurried through the end of Capp's life once the juicy stuff had been told.

    22. capp's a hard man to like, but he earns a level of respect, yet what I like most about the book is not capp, but the historical influence and back stories of the actual comics (Lil Abner and beyond); the best part of the paper to this day

    23. I found it fascinating. I thought he was a superb, witty and original cartoonist who was very with the times. It turns out that he was a deeply repugnant man. The details of his often shocking actions and interactions kept me racing through this book.

    24. The writing is sometimes sharp but the details are lacking.The chapters end abruptly, usually in the middle of an interesting issue (the failure of the large budget movie, the Ono/Lennon feud) without resolution

    25. Dogpatch creator, misantrope, only a single leg to stand on. Interesting biography of the cartoonist who was a really unpleasant person. Empire builder who could also self-promote and benefit financially. The cartoons are a great legacy for a really disagreeable man.

    26. If Li'l Abner happened to be one of the like defining influences of your childhood, this book is pretty depressing all around

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