Al Capp drew Three iconic Dogpatch characters he originated, in artist's pencil. Each drawing is accomplished on a 4to (8.5 x 11 inch) sheet of the cartoonist's personalized stationery, dedicated and signed with black marker. Li'l Abner is drawn twice, once in almost full length measuring 8 inches and to the right, Capp sketched his face in profile and the rest of one leg. Li'l Abner's voluptuous girlfriend and eventual wife, Daisy Mae, is drawn three-quarter length, measuring 9.5 inches, similarly dedicated and signed as is Capp's third sketch of Li'l Abner's mother, Mammy Yokum , measuring almost 9 inches in high heeled boots with second facial sketch and arm to the right. Overall condition is very good. Our trio of cartoon sketches was likely created at the same time and form an appealing representation of the long-lived Li'l Abner comic strip. The drawings are undated.
Through the innocence and simplicity of Li'l Abner with his Yokum family and friends, Capp created a mechanism for social and political parody. He also spoofed his own comic strip art form when he gave Li'l Abner his super hero, Fearless Fosdick, modeled on Dick Tracy. The Li'l Abner comic strip debuted in 1934 in eight US newspapers after Capp sold what would become a very popular and long lasting comic to United Features Syndicate. Eventually Li'l Abner was published in 900 papers and lasted for 43 years.