The comics

March 27, 1938
Los Angeles


I’m starting to think that no comic strip of the late 1930s was complete without a great white hunter contending with cowardly native tribesmen in "darkest Africa." This is Al Capp’s "Li’l Abner." 


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1 Response to The comics

  1. Arye Michael Bender says:

    As early as the mid-fifties, many of us kids in school knew that Al Capp’s comics were filled with demeaning stereotypes. Such things were just beginning to stir national awareness.
    Seems hard to comprehend today, but the concept of ‘Black is Beautiful’ had to be introduced to white society in order for us to see the obvious. We live in a more beautiful and colorful world now. Thank the gods.


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