The First Little Orphan Annie Comic

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Created by cartoonist Harold Gray, the Little Orphan Annie comic stripped debuted in the New York Daily News on August 5, 1924. The strip featured the adventures of Annie, her dog, Sandy, and Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks.

By the 1930s, Little Orphan Annie was one of the most popular strips across the US, and was ranked #1 in a Fortune poll in 1937. In the ’30s, two movies were based on the comic. In 1977, the Annie musical hit Broadway, and a film adaptation of the musical was released in 1982.

Eventually, the strip’s popularity dwindled, and it was canceled in 2010.

First Little Orphan Annie Comic Strip

First Little Orphan Annie Comic Strip (Source: Chicago Tribune)


Do you remember reading about Annie’s adventures Sunday mornings? Who was your favorite character in this classic strip?



Last updated: Aug 05, 2014
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