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AL CAPP - DOCUMENT SIGNED 01/11/1945 CO-SIGNED BY: GEORGE A. CARLIN - HFSID 101612

Cartoonist Al Capp and George A. Carlin of United Features Syndicate signed this document in 1945. It gave Loew's Incorporated and producer John Nesbitt permission to use Capp and his most famous character, Li'l Abner, in a one-reeler about comic strips.

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AL CAPP
Cartoonist Al Capp and George A. Carlin of United Features Syndicate signed this document in 1945. It gave Loew's Incorporated and producer John Nesbitt permission to use Capp and his most famous character, Li'l Abner, in a one-reeler about comic strips.
Document signed "Al Capp" and "George A. Carlin" for United Features Syndicate. With pencil notations in lower left corner and on verso in unknown hand. 1 page, 8½x11, lightweight paper. Jan. 11, 1945. Addressed to Loew's Incorporated, New York City. Carlin's letter, in full: "You have explained to us that you are planning to produce and distribute a one-reel motion picture, which will be released as one of your John Nesbitt Passing Parade series with commentation, showing the evolution of the comic strips and characters, and portraying these strips as one of our American institutions, important in our American way of life. And you have further explained that you plan to photograph and use in this picture, a number of American cartoonists, showing them in the picture in their own home or studio as actually at work, and possibly as drawing one or more of their cartoon characters, and that you would like so to use and photograph Mr. Al Capp with his comic strip characters from L'IL ABNER. We control and syndicate Mr. Capp's cartoons of L'IL ABNER, and now grant you our irrevocable permission so to photograph and use him and his characters in your short and its publicity, as above stated. It is of course understood that you have to obtain separate consent of Mr. Capp for his posing and photography, as the permission we now give covers only our rights in the subject matter." Capp responds, in full: "I have read the foregoing and give my approval thereto. And I now give you my irrevocable consent so to photograph me and use my name, picture and photography, and my cartoon character or characters as I may draw them in so posing for you, in this motion picture and its publicity. I will so pose for you at a time to be arranged between us as mutually convenient, and you may so use for your motion picture as much as you desire to use of the photography you then take." JOHN NESBITT (1910-1960, born in Victoria, British Columbia) was the producer of MGM's long-running Passing Parade series of informational one-reelers that ran in theaters along with the scheduled motion picture, cartoon and news. He later moved to TV and received an Emmy nomination for writing on the series Telephone Time (1956-1957). AL CAPP (1909-1979, born Alfred Gerald Capin in New Haven, Connecticut) lost his right leg in a trolley accident at the age of nine and spent five years in high school without receiving a diploma, yet went on to create one of America's most-loved, and certainly longest-running, comic strip, Li'l Abner. He started out drawing Mister Gilfeather,a one-panel cartoon in New York City, a cartoon that he reportedly hated. He met Ham Fisher in 1933 and worked with him on Joe Palooka before beginning the cartoon that he'd become known for: Li'l Abner, which first appeared in The New York Mirror in 1934. Li'l Abner, which ran until Al Capp's retirement in 1977, detailed the exploits of the rustic inhabitants of Dogpatch, USA and spawned, among other things, a Broadway musical that ran 693 performances from 1956 to 1958, a 1959 film with an Oscar-nominated score, a theme park in Marble Falls, Arkansas called Dogpatch USA (now closed) and the Sadie Hawkins dance, after a fictional Dogpatch holiday called Sadie Hawkins Day. Lightly toned, soiled and creased. File holes at top edge. Light dent on left edge. Folded four timed and unfolded. Otherwise in fine condition.

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