238. Sadie Hawkins Day
An early and prominent Dogpatch settler,
Hekzebiah Hawkins, was frustrated that his hideous spinster
daughter Sadie had no suitors. He established a legally-binding
race so she would finally have a chance of catching a man. It
soon became the code o' the hills and every year in November
from 1937 through 1977 cartoonist Al Capp worked a
Sadie Hawkins Day Race into his Li'l Abner continuity.
The rules were simple: all eligible Dogpatch bachelors stood
at a starting line. When the mayor fired his pistol in the air,
they would run for their miserable lives. Moments later, a second
shot was fired and the town's unmarried women would take off
in hot pursuit. The men who were dragged back to the starting
line before dusk were required to marry their captor on the spot,
a job carried out in relish by Marryin' Sam.
Since the late 1930's, in a classic case
of life imitating art, hundreds of Sadie Hawkins Day dances have
come to be held annually, from college campuses to retirement
homes. The real-life "gimmick" (a particular novelty
in the pre-feminist era) is that women are the aggressors, asking
men to the event. The portrait of Sadie Hawkins on this
button is by Frank Frazetta, a Capp "ghost"
from 1954 to 1961 and later famous in his own right for his marvelous
barbarian and fantasy paintings.
Kitchen Sink Press published twenty-seven
12" x 9" volumes
of Li'l Abner Dailies, many of which are still available
in this web store. This is the 3rd of 7 Li'l Abner buttons
created by DKAA, the agency which represents Capp Enterprises,
Inc. It is intended for promotional purposes only but, while
supplies last, you can acquire this advertising item for $2.50.
1.25 inch diameter
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