Monday, November 3, 2014

Earliest Al Capp

The eBay seller offering unfinished roughs of Al Capp's Li'l Abner comic strip, also has what are billed as the earliest known Al Capp drawings. The two sides of the sheet have full-page illustrations of Robin Hood and Friar Tuck. One is signed Alfred G. Caplin.

Even this early, Capp was clearly working hard at making his art commercially viable. His talent is evident and from this it's certain he already had been drawing for years even if none of his earlier art survives--which seems unlikely. Certainly this original art, like the unpublished Abner strips, come right out of the artist's estate.

Al Capp [Alfred G. Caplin], Merry Robin Licketh Friar Tuck with another drawing of Robin Hood and Friar Tuck, verso

Al Capp [Alfred G. Caplin], Merry Robin Licketh Friar Tuck

Al Capp [Alfred G. Caplin], Robin Hood and Friar Tuck

EBay Listing

Rare Al Capp early drawing signed ''Alfred G. Caplin''. Ink drawings of Robin Hood and Friar Tuck are present on both sides of heavy paperboard. Measures 10'' x 13.5''. Foxing, toning and wear to corners, else near fine. A scarce artifact from the dawn of Capp's illustrious career.
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