Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Video: 1970 "This is Al Capp" TV Special

Here we have the first six and a half minutes of an hour-long 1970 TV special about LI'L ABNER cartoonist Al Capp by Ernest Pintoff and Guy Fraumeni titled THIS IS AL CAPP.

It's great to get glimpses of fellow cartoonists Walt Kelly and Milt Caniff. Later on in the special, you get a chance to see and hear underground cartoonists Spain and Trina Robbins. (Trina calls Spain on stereotyping women in the same way Capp does!) John Canaday, William F.Buckley, Paul Krassner and David Susskind are also on the show. And you get some quotes from John Steinbeck. Yes.

Most of the program is Capp, espousing right wing views. It's a snapshot of the man and the era. I am not associated with the fellow who is selling the rest of the video for $20.

I posted about this in February, but the clips have since been removed. Here's a second chance.


Anonymous said...

That's really interesting, Mike. Notice all the cigarette smoke throughout the interviews.

Matt Jones said...

Here's another Capp-Andi Capp! I've discovered a new blog devoted to UK strip


Mark Anderson said...

I can't take all those close-ups! TOO close!

Colin Tedford said...


I recently acquired an audio interview with Capp that I found pretty interesting (not having strong familiarity with him). Some of it was wacky statements like, "I don't think any of us are in this to teach anyone anything, we just want to pay the bills", there were quite a few comparisons of comics to Shakespeare, and there was a part where he essentially denounced McCarthyism and its effects on comics (including his own).

Mike Lynch said...

Colin, let me know if you ever post those audio files online! I'd love to hear 'em.