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|| MAMMY YOKUM, born Pansy Hunks, was the pint-sized,
highly principled, corncob pipe-smoking leader of both the Yokum
clan and the town of Dogpatch.
She married Lucifer Ornamental Yokum (Pappy
Yokum) in 1902. They produced two strapping sons twice their
own size: Li'l
Abner, the long-running strip's namesake, and Tiny,
who was rediscovered in 1954, 15 and a half "yars"
after his birth. Mammy's lethal right undercut, sometimes called
the "good night Irene punch" helped her uphold law,
order and decency. She was consistently the toughest character
and the one most imbued with integrity throughout "Li'l
Abner." Her most famous mantra was "good is better
than evil because it's nicer." On his retirement creator
Capp proclaimed Mammy to be his own favorite character.