Al Capp

Cartoonist, Comic Strip Creator

1909 – 1979

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Who was Al Capp?

Alfred Gerald Caplin, better known as Al Capp, was an American cartoonist and humorist best known for the satirical comic strip Li'l Abner. He also wrote the comic strips Abbie an' Slats and Long Sam. He won the National Cartoonists Society's Reuben Award in 1947 for Cartoonist of the Year, and their 1979 Elzie Segar Award for his "unique and outstanding contribution to the profession of cartooning." Comic strips dealt with northern urban experiences until 1934, when Capp introduced "L'il Abner," the first strip based in the South. Although Capp was from Connecticut, he spent 43 years teaching the world about Dogpatch, reaching 60 million readers in over 900 American newspapers and 100 foreign papers in 28 countries. M. Thomas Inge says Capp made a large personal fortune on the strip and, "had a profound influence on the way the world viewed the American South."

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Born
Sep 28, 1909
New Haven
Also known as
  • Alfred Gerald Caplin
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Ethnicity
  • Jewish people
Nationality
  • United States of America
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Lived in
  • Bridgeport
Died
Nov 5, 1979
South Hampton

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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