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    Al Capp Li'l Abner Daily Comic Strip Original Art dated 12-7-38 (United Feature Syndicate, 1938). The beauty of Capp's earlier Li'l Abner yarns lies in an air of life-or-death urgency, with a blackly humorous edge to accentuate the grimness. Innocent doofus Abner Yokum is oblivious to a death-threat from one of the no-account Scragg Brothers -- who, in turn, is oblivious to an open manhole in his path. Salomey the Pig (genus and species Hammus Alabammus) looks on approvingly as the evil hillbilly falls to his mortal doom. Capp caricatures himself as a grouchy foreman at a construction site (Panel 3). Ink over graphite on Bristol board. The image area measures 22.25" x 5.5", with light age-toning. Excellent condition.

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