Al Capp Type: Pen Name

Other Names:

  1. Alfred Gerald Caplin Type: Name at Birth
    Given name: Alfred Gerald Family name: Caplin
  2. Ham Fisher Type: Ghost Name


  1. School of the Museum of Fine Arts [Tufts, Boston] 1932 ? to ?


  1. A. G. Caplin [generic]
  2. Al Capp [generic]
  3. Al Capp
  4. Ham Fisher [generic]


  1. William Randolph Hearst Cartoon Hall of Fame - [no name]
  2. 1947: Billy DeBeck Memorial Award Cartoonist of the Year
  3. 1971: Prix Saint-Michel - Meilleur dessinateur extra-européen
  4. 1978: Inkpot Award - [no name]
  5. 1979: National Cartoonist Society Awards (NCS Awards) - Elzie Segar Award
  6. 2002: Eisner Award - Hall of Fame - Voter's Choices
  7. 2004: Eisner Award - Hall of Fame - Voter's Choices

Art Influences:

Influences by Al Capp (b. 1909) were stated by:
  1. Tom Armstrong (b. 1950)
  2. Creig Flessel (b. 1912)
  3. John Kent (b. 1937)
  4. Mark Martin (b. 1956)
  5. Fran Matera (b. 1924)
  6. Joe Staton (b. 1948)


  1. National Cartoonist Society Type: member


  1. Sibling - Elliott Caplin (b. 1913)
  2. Ghosted by - Stan Asch (b. 1912)
    Notes: Stan Asch did ghost pencil and ink work for Al Capp on Li'l Abner comic strip sometime during the 1940s.
  3. Sibling - Jerry Capp
  4. Spouse - Catherine Capp Halberstadt (b. 1909)
    Notes: Catherine married Al Capp in 1932.
  5. Ghosted for - Ham Fisher (b. 1900)
    Notes: Al Capp did ghost work on Ham Fisher's Joe Palooka's comic strip during 1933. Capp claimed he worked on the entire strip during this time, and most early biographers and historians took that claim as fact. A recent biography questioned this claim. It is possible the claim made by Capp might have been based more on his feud with Fisher than it was in reality. It is likely during Capp's time with Fisher that Fisher still did work on the comic strip as well.