Saturday, May 14, 2011

Lum and Abner comic strip

Way back in the dark ages--clear back in 1970, probably--I remember my uncles attentively listening to radio show called Lum and Abner. I was too young to pay much attention to it at that time. I had no idea that they were actually listening to re-runs from 30 or so years earlier. Several years later I happened across the show and became a fan myself. I think I was about 14 at the time. My opportunity to listen to the show was pretty hit-or-miss until the advent of the internet, which is kind of ironic when you think about it--an old-time radio show from the 1930s and '40s finally becoming widely accessible due to modern technology. A few years ago I even put together a web page as a tribute to the "old fellers." If you're not familiar with these characters, let me direct you there for more information. If you enjoy "down-home" humor, I expect you'll like it.

Earlier this week I was excited to learn that Donnie Pitchford, the president of the National Lum and Abner Society, has produced a comic strip based on the radio show that he hopes to run as a regular feature in the First Arkansas News. He is currently in the "looking for sponsors" stage. I hope he makes it. I was very impressed with the first comic strip and would love to see more. What fun!


Donnie Pitchford said...

Karla, thank you so much for blogging about the proposed "Lum and Abner" comic strip! I truly am thankful and blessed by the wonderful comments I've been reading. It's true, this is a commercial enterprise, and it must be sponsored by advertisers for it to continue. I'm praying that support will come, and that I can do a good job in providing clean entertainment!

Ethan C. Nobles said...

Karla - Thank you for the kind words. I was amazed when Donnie sent in the character models, was even more impressed when he sent in the first strip and -- let me tell you -- the following three were even better. He's hitting his stride and this little project excites me.

I -- like you -- ran across Lum and Abner in the 1970s. I listened to it every day after school with my dad as that's when a radio station out of Hot Springs played reruns. I've loved the show since then and the opportunity to help introduce these characters to longtime fans and newcomers through a somewhat unique medium is something well worth pursuing.

I hope we do get some sponsors lined up. I can't help but think this is a project that will attract attention, so here's hoping everything works out well.

Ethan C. Nobles, First Arkansas News

Donnie Pitchford said...

Update! "Lum and Abner" now runs at this website:
We are in the fourth year, and in July 2014, Lum and Abner had a cameo in the award-winning "Dick Tracy" comic strip! Thanks!

Donnie Pitchford said...

I invite everyone to read "Lum and Abner", and our audio version is great for our blind friends. Thanks!