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Lum and Abner, Year 2

By: 13 May 2012 5 Comments

My how time flies. It was almost a year ago that we launched our Lum and Abner comic strip here at First Arkansas News.

Why is this series important? Because Lum and Abner is an Arkansas institution. Those two boys from Mena have had a major impact on the Natural State and we’re proud to run a comic strip that we hope honors them suitably.The artist on the series is Donald Pitchford, who is both a fan of the team and the president of the National Lum and Abner Society. He’s been submitting one comic per week since the first of June and, fortunately, has agreed to give another year of his time to this project.

If you don’t know about those old time radio stars and their impact on the Natural State, just click here and you can learn all about them. If you’ve not seen our comic strips, just click here and have a look.

Now, here’s the deal. We simply can’t continue this series if we don’t pay for the rights to use the characters. The copyright on the characters is held by the family of Chester Lauck (a.k.a. Lum) and First Arkansas News has agreed to compensate the family for permission to run the strip. The bulk of that money is raised through sponsorships — without those contributions, we’ll not be able to keep the strip going.

So, yes, we’re asking for sponsorships. We got quite a few of those last year and they made the difference — without them, we’d have no comic strip. What does a sponsor get? A dandy ad on this site that will be seen by Lum and Abner fans around the world. We’ll have the same sponsorship page that we’ve had all along and, this year, will add banner ads to the most current comic strip page so they will impossible to miss.

For more details about sponsorships, click here. You’ll find out more about the various levels and what benefits come with each. If you’re ready to make a donation, the PayPal link is open and you can click here to send that money on over.

Again, if you want to see the strip continue, we do hope you’ll consider a donation. It doesn’t have to be a large one, either, so please consider giving what you can afford.

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  • Donnie Pitchford said:

    Hi folks! So far, the original art for “Lum and Abner” comic strips #1, 4, 7, and 30 have been claimed by sponsors. Please be sure to check with us to make sure what is available, and check back here as well. Thank you!

  • Donnie Pitchford said:

    The original art boards for “Lum and Abner” #28 and #38 have been claimed by sponsors.

  • Donnie Pitchford said:

    Update on the availability of original L&A art! The following pages have been claimed (and some are being mailed Friday, June 1, 2012): #1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 15, 16, 21, 28, 30, 34, 38, and 41. Thanks, everyone!

  • Donnie Pitchford said:

    Revised list of “Lum and Abner” art that is no longer available:
    #1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 15, 16, 17, 21, 28, 30, 32, 34, 38, 41, 42, 52

    $50 or more gets you your choice of an (available)page of art. You can sponsor “Lum and Abner” any time! Your sponsorship/link will be good for one full year. It is important that we keep income flowing on this project, and we do appreciate everyone’s help. Thank you!

    The art is black India ink on 11 x 17-inch Bristol (no color – that is added digitally).

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