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‘Lum and Abner’ gets the green light

By: 7 June 2011 5 Comments

Well, we just got word today — First Arkansas News and Donnie Pitchford have permission to run a weekly Lum and Abner comic strip and negotiate with other publications in hopes they’ll pick it up, too.

Are we excited about this project? You’d better believe it. Pitchford approached First Arkansas News about the project a few months ago and we’ve been working on getting this project off the ground since then. Pitchford, of course, is the president of the National Lum and Abner Society and is a devoted fan of the series and a heck of a cartoonist, to boot. Just have a look at the character models at the top of this post for an example of his skills.

Ah, and you’re going to enjoy Pitchford’s artwork even more in the months to come. He’s going to have a new comic strip ready every week and we’ll post them all in the Lum and Abner section every Sunday (just click the appropriate link in that black menu bar at the top of the page and you’re there).

How did we get Lauck’s approval to publish this strip? Simply put, a lot of very positive reader response and some donations from sponsors demonstrated there is a lot of interest in this feature. So, thank you to everyone who sent in a donation or left a supportive comment. You’ll find a list of sponsors here.

Bear in mind we’re still taking donations through the PayPal link in the right sidebar. Some donors will receive text links or banners with their donations and you can read all about that here. All the money raised will go to Lauck and the creative team responsible for this strip. We’ve also got a Cafe Press storefront open and will have some products available there. Click here to pay that store a visit and grab a coffee mug featuring Pitchford’s artwork (we’ll have tee shirts and other products available before long).

If you’re not familiar with Lum and Abner and the cultural significance of the old time radio comedy duo from Arkansas, click here and read a little about them.

We hope everyone enjoys the comic strip. Stop in often and let us know how we’re doing with it.


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  • Donnie Pitchford said:

    I want to sincerely thank everyone who has made this possible!

    I encourage everyone to subscribe to First Arkansas News by e-mail so you can receive the handy daily summary of new articles. This will help you to remember to read “Lum and Abner” every Sunday also!

    Remember, you who were interested and generous made this happen! I feel truly honored!

    Donnie Pitchford
    Carthage, Texas

  • Brian C. Farmer said:

    What awesome news! Congrats to Donnie for seeing this become a reality.

    Oh, and if anyone at First Arkansas News is reading this–might I suggest you contact the Thomasville Times-Enterprise in Thomasville, GA about running the strip? There was a time not too long ago that Lum & Abner was a regular feature on a local Classic Country Station in Thomasville (106.3–WTUF, if that helps any). In fact, that’s how I was first exposed to Lum & Abner and absolutely fell in love with the show! You may have a sizeable audience for the strip down here in southwest Georgia.

  • Michael Leannah said:

    I absolutely love the new comic strip featuring Lum and Abner. It makes my heart glad that in 2011 we have something like this, so new and bright and fresh, about something so old and dear. Thanks for bringing it to us. Donnie Pitchford is indeed multi-talented. So much comic strip “art” today is far from being art. This strip is outstanding in its visual appeal. And the humor adheres to the old, beloved style of Lauck and Goff. Congratulations to all involved with this!!

    Michael Leannah
    Sheboygan, Wisconsin

  • Donnie Pitchford said:

    Michael, many thanks. I used to have your e-mail address but I don’t think it’s on my NLAS list. Please check the National Lum and Abner Society web site by clicking my name in this comment and it should take you to our site.

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