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Comic artist Al Capp visits LA, House panel questions Red official, September 3, 1958

September 3, 2008 |  5:11 am

Li'l Abner, Zoot Suit Yokum, 1943

A panel from Al Capp's "Li'l Abner," April 25, 1943.

September 3, 1958, Los Angeles Times

During a visit to Los Angeles, "Li'l Abner" cartoonist Al Capp says he once again has the freedom to satirize American institutions "lovingly and savagely," after being limited during what The Times calls the "postwar period of international jitters."

Dorothy Healey, head of the local Communist Party, appears before a closed hearing of the House Un-American Activities Subcommittee. The House panel is trying to draft new measures after Supreme Court decisions in the Nelson and Yates cases.

And registration of elementary school students at L.A. Unified is expected to set a record--thanks to the postwar baby boom.