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Trivia / Li'l Abner

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  • Creator Breakdown: The times moved on and Al Capp couldn't.
  • Life Imitates Art: The name of Lockheed Martin’s "Skunk Works" (the place that made the Blackbird, Nighthawk, and Raptor aircraft) comes from Barney & Big Barnsmell's "Skonk Works".
  • What Could Have Been: Positive reactions to reruns of the strip in 1988 and 1989 and the success of the revival of Pogo almost led to a revival of Li'l Abner drawn by cartoonist Steve Stiles. Despite approval by both Capp's widow and brother, his daughter objected at the last minute and permission was withdrawn, relegating the comic to the mists of time.
    • Warner Bros. Animation was going to produce an Animated Adaptation series based on the strip to air on primetime network TV for the 1969-70 season, but the Kinney National Company buying Warner Bros.- Seven Arts and closing the animation studio prevented that from happening. Given how the Looney Tunes shorts of the era turned out, it probably wouldn't have been that much different from a typical Filmation or Hanna-Barbera series of the time.
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  • Writer Revolt: Al Capp wiped out the Shmoos (though not until after he'd made a pile merchandising them.)

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