Lil Abner Vol. 01 HCMedia Release -- The first volume of The Complete Li'l Abner, collecting Al Capp's comedy masterpiece as never before, is now available in stores from IDW Publishing and its imprint, the Library of American Comics.

Debuting on August 13, 1934, Li'l Abner became one of the most influential comic strips of all time during its 43-year run. Creator Al Capp developed the hillbilly character of Li'l Abner, striking a nerve with Depression-era America through his social commentary, mock dialectics, and hapless yet lovable Yokum family. The strip's pointed satire and sexy women were enjoyed daily by more than 60 million readers.

The Complete Li'l Abner, Volume One features both daily comics and previously unreprinted full-color Sunday pages from 1934 to 1936. During this story, the innocent 19-year-old from Dogpatch, Kentucky, moves to New York to live with his rich aunt and has to dodge kidnappers and socialites, alike. Meanwhile, back home in Dogpatch, Marrying Sam works to get Abner and gorgeous Daisy Mae to the altar, while shiftless Hannibal Hoops schemes to split them apart! Then it's a classic case of mistaken identity when Abner's evil twin, the ruthless criminal Gat Garson, comes to town...

Fans will find in-depth information about upcoming and existing series and books, like The Complete Li'l Abner, at the new Library of American Comics website.

The Complete Li'l Abner, Volume One is published by IDW under its imprint Eisner award-winning imprint, the Library of American Comics. The Complete Li'l Abner series is edited and designed by Dean Mullaney, with a biographical essay by Bruce Canwell, and an introduction by Denis Kitchen. Included in the introduction are the proto-Abner "Big Leviticus" strips that Capp created the year before Abner began when he ghosted Joe Palooka for Ham Fisher.

The Complete Li'l Abner Volume One ($49.99; 288 pages; hardcover) is now available in stores. Diamond order code JAN10 1030; ISBN 978-1600106118.

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About IDW Publishing

IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro's The Transformers and G.I. JOE, Paramount's Star Trek; Fox's Angel; the BBC's Doctor Who; and comics and trade collections based on novels by worldwide bestselling author, James Patterson. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints; Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studios; and is the print publisher for EA Comics and ComicMix.

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About The Library of American Comics

The Library of American Comics, an imprint of IDW Publishing, was established in 2007 to preserve the long and jubilantly creative history of the American newspaper comic strip in archival, hardcover editions. The imprint has been nominated for six Eisner awards and its inaugural series, Terry and the Pirates, won the Eisner in 2008. Creative and Editorial Director Dean Mullaney has been an influential force in the comics field since 1978, when he published the first graphic novel for the comics specialty market (Sabre by Don McGregor and Paul Gulacy). His pioneering efforts, as founder and publisher of Eclipse Comics, brought about many milestones to the field, including creator copyright ownership, the first line of Japanese manga in English translation in 1988, and the first digitally-colored comic book. More information about The Library of American Comics can be found on IDW's website- that of the imprint