In New York, theatregoers divided into all sorts of groups—those who went only to the more audacious offerings of off Broadway, those who followed favorite stars, and so on. But everyone went to musicals, because they were reflections of culture. Perhaps it was inevitable that the musical would get around to Al Capp's comic strip of life in Dogpatch—a hillbilly mountain town of freaks and types—because social commentary was Capp's stock-in-trade. The series, which started in 1934 when Capp left his job as Ham Fisher's assistant on Joe Palooka, was an entirely original one, fantastical and wide-ranging, eager to tackle anything in American life that Capp felt needed a good, solid spanking. At the center stood the gloriously stupid hunk Abner Yokum, his ridiculous little Pappy and formidable Mammy, along with Abner's eternal girl friend, Daisy Mae Scragg.
Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.
If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.