Friday, February 03, 2017
Number 2006: Al Capp, Li'l Abner, Frank Frazetta and Satellite Science Fiction
This story is also reprinted in the book, Al Capp Li’l Abner The Frazetta Years Vol. 1 1954-1955 (2003), by editor Denis Kitchen and publisher Dark Horse, with color scans of Sunday comics pages from the original newspaper run. Frank Frazetta was an assistant to Capp. His later fame seemed to upset Capp, to the point of once denying Frazetta had ever worked for him. But he did, from the mid-fifties to the early sixties. Frazetta did pencils only for the Sunday strip, because his inks tended to overwhelm. Can’t show up the boss, you know. According to the Kitchen/Dark Horse book, for one day of work per week Frazetta earned $500 a week. In those days, when many in the labor force worked for $500 a month or less, Frazetta had a pretty good gig. But fortunately for us, he left the strip after being refused a raise by Capp. Frank went on to the work that made him world famous under his own name, with his style not buried under the inking of other artists.