Li'l Abner is a satirical American comic strip that appeared in many newspapers in the United States, Canada and Europe, featuring a fictional clan of hillbillies in the impoverished mountain village of Dogpatch, USA. Written and drawn by Al Capp — , the strip ran for 43 years, from August 13, through November 13, Comic strips typically dealt with northern urban experiences before Capp introduced Li'l Abner, the first strip based in the South. The comic strip had 60 million readers in over American newspapers and foreign papers in 28 countries.
He often portrayed disreputable members of the upper classes , especially cads , toffs and bounders , using his distinctive voice; his costume and props tended to include a monocle, waistcoat and cigarette holder. The experience helped sharpen his cabaret and revue act, increased his public profile and proved instrumental in the development of his successful comic stage routine. Upon his demobilisation , he starred in Piccadilly Hayride on the London stage and was the star of the first comedy series on British television, How Do You View? From the mids he frequently starred in European films, in roles such as Sir Reginald in the successful French film La Grande Vadrouille.