LI'L ABNER: The Frazetta Years. Volume
4 (1960-61) by Al Capp.
Edited and Annotated by Denis Kitchen.
The 4th and final volume of this new color
set features a sterling line-up...
· Two Fearless Fosdick
adventures, including one with Fosdick hooked on drugs
and in drag (as Phyllis Fosdick).
· Capp skewers Picasso ("Pablo Le Phonee")
and abstract art in general in one of his most vitriolic satires
on this perennial bugaboo.
· Paramount Pictures successfully released its Li'l
Abner movie in 1959, starring Peter Palmer and Leslie
Parrish. Li'l Abner visits the Hollywood set, so we
get to see the "real" Abner interact with cartoon
versions of the film counterparts of Abner and Daisy.
· Eternal jinx Joe Btfsplk returns.
· World War 1 ace Cap'n Eddie Ricketyback, who
pilots Trans-Dogpatch Airlines battles old nemesis Baron
Ludwig Von Henhausen.
· Lovably corrupt Senator Jack S. Phogbound.
· Criminal Abner doppelganger Gat
Garson wins over love-starved Daisy Mae.
· Dogpatchland appears as a parody of Disneyland,
but is a prescient forecast of Capp's actual amusement
park, Dogpatch U.S.A., which opened in Arkansas in 1967.
· Big Barnsmell, Salomey, Japanese cars
and much more!
The color Sunday strips have been scanned
from the best available archival sources. This 4th volume contains
the last stories pencilled by Frank Frazetta before
he left Al Capp's employ for his own fame and fortune.
Li'l Abner expert
Denis Kitchen, who assembled this series, provides incisive
annotations (historic and cultural context, inside information,
blue humor and often wry commentary) for virtually every story.
Examples of Kitchen's Volume 4 annotations:
Behind-the-scenes bitter acrimony between Capp and columnist/TV
personality Dorothy Kilgallen; The connection between
Dogpatch's Skonk Works and Lockheed-Martin's super-secret
Skunk Works; Details of Capp's mordant views on modern
art; Phallic mummies; and an even more unbelievable example
of Capp's sly but blatant sexual imagery that slipped by several
hundred newspaper editors and tens of millions of all-age newspaper
readers in July 1961!
these stories overlap with the black & white dailies collections
compiled earlier by Kitchen Sink Press. Al Capp's color
Sunday stories were completely separate continuities.
120 page hard cover book for only