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I loved this and all of your articles. I am quite a fan of your very interesting posts.
I was a young girl when the shmoo was born. It was by way of the great imagination of Al Capp's comic strip, L'il Abner, that they and many other lovable characters entered our lives through the daily newspaper comic strips.
I have an original Shmoo! My mother kept a small plant in it so it is well used. I was born in 54 and was always smitten with the little critter. Until now I did not know the political significance it held!
Here is an excerpt I found:. Many discussions took place about what he meant with the Shmoos.I believe he tried to show how Socialism and Capitalism both has their good and bad sides ;but in the end,it was up to the individual to take advantages of the opportunities this good earth provides. This idea is brought home in the panel on page 122.Here we see L'l Abner and Daisy Mae along with a couple of Shmoos looking out over our bountiful earth and saying;
"They already got one-the biggest Shmoo of all-TH'EARTH,ITSELF!!Jest like these li'l Shmoos,it's ready t'give ev'rybody ev'rything they need!!ef only folks stopped a-fightin',an' a-grabbin'-they'd reelize thet THIS shmoo-th'earth-got plenty o'ev'rything-fo'ev'rybody!!-THEN,they'd be ready fo'these LI'L Shmoos----except (chuckle!) THEN they wouldn't NEED 'em!!!"
Not only did Capp take the whole continent with storm with his Shmoos;he did the same thing with Sadie Hawkins.I still remember the Sadie Hawkins Day Dances at High School;when the girls took after the boys ,just as did Daisy Mae after Li'l Abner.
Then again,that was all before the days of Political Correctness!
Sadie Hawkins Day was first mentioned in the November 13, 1937 Li'l Abner daily strip, with the race actually taking place between November 19th and November 30th in the continuity. It would prove to be a popular annual feature in Li'l Abner, and a cultural phenomenon outside the strip