scripted a number of spankings in Li'l Abner
that we've seen over on the main site (and he may have done even more in the strip's later period - I was forced to stop buying the reprint collections years ago because I couldn't afford them any more). His spankings were generally meant to be humorous, but he also had many characters "getting the boot" one way or the other (The Kigmies were a race that loved to be kicked where they sat down) and I have to believe Capp took greater delight in such scenes than he did in spankings.Phil Sweetspot
has found two boot-to-the-behind scenes of interest to us, one featuring the lazy Moonbeam McSwine
and the second with Daisy Mae Scragg
. Let's take a look at them now as part of Li'l Abnerpalooza
. (Scans by Phil S.; minor edits by Web-Ed).
First we have Moonbeam McSwine being auctioned off in Ragbagdad while a despairing Daisy Mae is left behind:
June 7, 1951 © United Feature Syndicate
The slave dealer sends Moonbeam off with a good swift kick. Capp might get in trouble if he were alive in today's PC world, but in 1951 it was still o.k. to use for a story idea the existence of slavery in even the modern Muslim world. Notice also Capp's use of irony as the slave dealer refers to the buyer's "love [that] surpasseth all understanding" when he offers to throw his aged father into bondage as part of the deal.
Seven years later, Daisy Mae receives a good kick from Mammy Yokum - except it isn't part of the strip's continuity!
December 17, 1958. Mammy's kick results in some very large pain stars - ouch! © United Feature Syndicate
Interestingly, Capp drew the booted beauty's booty merely to capture the reader's attention! Was this an unintentional confession that someone giving poor Daisy a swift kick was what he himself most wanted to see? Or was it simply that he thought the readers would enjoy giving a beautiful girl a kick, never knowing that surely a greater number would have enjoyed taking her over their knees? Capp was a talented man, but not always a very nice one,
Of course we'd rather see a spanking, but Daisy Mae is so nicely bent over here (as a result of the kick rather than a prelude to it, we'd say) that I couldn't resist cutting Mammy out of the drawing and rotating it so that it looked as if perhaps Daisy has just received a tremendous swat with a paddle after bending well over
As a matter of fact, next week we're going to see Daisy Mae drawn in a position very much like this one, panties down and bottom bared, and colored by Doctor Cylon