I am really excited about this announcement from IDW Publishing that the company is collecting the L’il Abner series into a hardbound volume.Â Growing up, I had small trades from the late 60s to read, and enjoyed the introduction of the Shmoo, Sadie Hawkins Day, and of course the gorgeous Daisy Mae (not to be confused with Daisy Marie).Â The first volume of the Al Capp series arrives in April.
Press release follows
IDW Publishing and its imprint, the Library of American Comics, are proud to announce the upcoming series, The Complete Lâ€™il Abner, collecting Al Cappâ€™s comedy masterpiece as never before. Volume one of this new collection will feature both daily comics and previously unreprinted full-color Sunday pages from 1934 to 1936.
Debuted on August 13, 1934, Lâ€™il Abner became one of the most influential comic strips of all time during its 43-year run. Creator Al Capp developed the hillbilly character of Lâ€™il Abner, striking a nerve with Depression-era America through his social commentary, mock dialectics and hapless yet lovable Yokum family.
In The Complete Lâ€™il Abner, Volume One, the title character moves to New York to live with his rich aunt and has to dodge kidnappers and socialites, alike. Meanwhile, back home in Dogpatch, Marrying Sam works to get Abner and gorgeous Daisy Mae to the altar, while shiftless Hannibal Hoops schemes to split them apart! Then itâ€™s a classic case of mistaken identity when Abnerâ€™s evil twin, the ruthless criminal Gat Garson, comes to town.
The Complete Lâ€™il Abner, Volume One is published by IDW under its Eisner award-winning imprint, the Library of American Comics. The Complete Lâ€™il Abner series is edited and designed by Dean Mullaney, with a biographical essay by Bruce Canwell, and an introduction by Denis Kitchen. Included in the introduction are the proto-Abner â€œBig Leviticusâ€ strips that Capp created the year before Abner began when he ghosted Joe Palooka for Ham Fisher.
The Complete Lâ€™il Abner Volume One ($49.99; 288 pages; hardcover) will be available in stores in April. Diamond order code JAN10 1030; ISBN 978-1600106118.