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Al Capp

  • American cartoonist
  • Born September 28, 1909
  • Died November 5, 1979

Alfred Gerald Caplin (September 28, 1909 – November 5, 1979), better known as Al Capp, was an American cartoonist and humorist best known for the satirical comic strip Li'l Abner, which he created in 1934 and continued writing and (with help from assistants) drawing until 1977. He also wrote the comic strips Abbie an' Slats (in the years 1937–45) and Long Sam (1954). He won the National Cartoonists Society's Reuben Award in 1947 for Cartoonist of the Year, and their 1979 Elzie Segar Award, posthumously for his "unique and outstanding contribution to the profession of cartooning".


The public is like a piano. You just have to know what keys to poke.




Today's younger generation is no worse than my own. We were just as ignorant and repulsive as they are, but nobody listened to us.




Success is following the pattern of life one enjoys most.




The secret of how to live without resentment or embarrassment in a world in which I was different from everyone else. was to be indifferent to that difference.




Young people should be helped, sheltered, ignored, and clubbed if necessary.




Any place that anyone can learn something useful from someone with experience is an educational institution.




My work is being destroyed almost as soon as it is printed. One day it is being read; the next day someone's wrapping fish in it.




Anyone who can walk to the welfare office can walk to work.




There are certain books in the world which every searcher for truth must know: the Bible, the Critique of Pure Reason, the Origin of Species, and Karl Marx's Capital.




Abstract art: a product of the untalented sold by the unprincipled to the utterly bewildered.




Like all New York hotel lady cashiers she had red hair and had been disappointed in her first husband.



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