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On Reading the 1st Year of Li’l Abner: Li’l Abner’s Villains

Whether Capp's pastiche is accurate or not is open to interpretation, but none can deny its charm or Capp's obvious devotion to his subject.

On Reading the 1st Year of Li’l Abner: Mammy and Pappy Yokum

In addition to being Abner's moral compass, Mammy is a force unto herself. In just one year publication, Mammy settles a fraud dispute, exposes graft in a local beauty contest — which she ends up winning herself — settles a multi-million-dollar adoption dispute, rescues her husband from being tortured, and cooks about a billion po'k chops.

On Reading the 1st Year of Al Capp’s Li’l Abner: Meet the Yokums

Li'l Abner may be gigantic, but he doesn't get violent often. His mammy taught him to use his head first and his fists as a last resort. Rest assured that if Abner has to "smack yo' 'round a bit," then yo' deserve it.

Meet the Yokums: Al Capp – On Reading the First Year of Li’l Abner

Although in the early years Capp used Li'l Abner as a means to lampoon stuffed-shirt conservatives, whether from the north or the south, as the character and Capp aged Li'l Abner developed a decidedly more conservative tone.