November 2, 2009

Sadie Hawkins Day, Capp & Life Magazine

How many holidays can you name that were inspired by a comic strip? Wellm one you might know is Sadie Hawkins Day, which was invented in the Andy Capp strip in Life Magazine.

Andy Capp's Lil Abner comic strip first mentioned Sadie Hawkins day in 1937, and only a few years later it had swept the country as a favorite holiday, inviting women too chase men down and ask them on dates, which back then was never done. Nowadays those gender roles are a little looser, but some people still celebrate Sadie Hawkins day almost 75 years after Andy Capp birthed it in Life Magazine...

Sadie Hawkins Day, Capp & Life Magazine

In 1939, only two years after its inauguration, a double-page spread in Life magazine proclaimed, "On Sadie Hawkins Day, Girls Chase Boys in 201 Colleges" the early 1940s the comic strip event had swept the nation and acquired a life of its own. By 1952, Sadie Hawkins Day was reportedly celebrated at 40,000 known venues.

Sadie Hawkins Day, Capp & Life Magazine

Posted at November 2, 2009 3:55 AM

Andy Capp was the supposedly English comic strip character. Al Capp drew "Lil' Abner." (Where's a Shmoo when you need one??)

Posted by: Rhiannnonn at November 2, 2009 7:03 AM

L'il Abner was not created by Andy Capp, you nincompoop. It was created by Al Capp. Get your history straight before you post it.

Posted by: Leejay at November 5, 2009 5:12 PM

Actually, how about you (Leejay) read the entire comment before you comment. Try read it again brother...

Posted by: Esben at November 6, 2009 8:59 PM

Oops.. my bad. You were commenting on the article,not the other comment. Talk about ironic! Carry on then...

Posted by: Esben at November 6, 2009 9:01 PM

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