Andy Capp

Oh, Andy Capp, you wife-beating drunk… — Homer, “Marge vs. The Monorail”

While the character and comic strip Andy Capp may have done little to dispel the myths surrounding Britain’s stereotypically hard-drinkin’ working class, I can’t think of a way to finish this sentence. Launched all the way back in 1957 by a bloke named Reg(inald) Smythe, the Capp (as its fans very well may have called it at some point) paints a humorous portrait of alcoholism and domestic abuse.

Wait a second, that’s terrible. Let’s try again.

Whatever. Anyway, like another strip we recently covered, the Capp has also been churned out for over half a century at this point. Impressive, seeing as how there has to be some limit to jokes about snooker, pints, football, lifts, the vicar, etc. But not today.

That’s actually not bad. Anyway, as you can see, the artwork has evolved from the more New Yorker-ish stylings of the earlier strips to today’s more geometric presentation. This may or may not be a result of the 1987 video game adaptation for the Commodore 64:

Dismal stuff. I’ll stick to Get Carter, thank you very much.

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4 Responses to Andy Capp

  1. EJXD2 says:

    No mention of Andy Capp’s Hot Fries?

  2. keatslover says:

    That’s just brilliant! it made me laugh and after reading about domestic abuse ( Sons and Lovers), making me laugh about this is quite difficult! kudos to u!:)

  3. I’ll admit Andy Capp (the modern version) is one of those halfway-decent newspaper comics, the jokes are antiquated and corny in a slag-the-mother-in-law kind of way, but it least it’s consistent.

    Suggestion: I guess this got me thinking about illustrators, how about a post on Al Hirschfeld (there are parodies of his caricatures in Rosebud and Black Widower) or that New Yorker monocle guy?

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