- Robert C. Harvey
Capp, Al (28 September 1909–05 November 1979), cartoonist, was born Alfred Gerald Caplin in New Haven, Connecticut, the son of Otto Caplin, an unsuccessful salesman, and Matilda Davidson. Moving to Bridgeport and then Boston, the family lived near poverty much of the time. Young Alfred began drawing at an early age, a recreation he turned to increasingly (also reading voraciously) after the age of nine, when he lost his left leg under the wheels of a streetcar. After high school, he attended a series of art schools, including the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts, and the Designers Art School, where he met Catherine Wingate Cameron, whom he married in 1932; they had three children. Tiring of the succession of art courses, Capp (the pen name he adopted as his legal name in 1949) went to New York City to seek his fortune....