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The Complete Little Orphan Annie
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Publication information
PublisherThe Library of American Comics
Publication dateJune, 2008 -
No. of issues15 to date
Main character(s)Annie, Sandy the Dog, Oliver Warbucks, Punjab the Wizard, the omnipotent Mr. Am
Creative team
Written byHarold Gray
Artist(s)Harold Gray
Editor(s)Dean Mullaney

The Complete Little Orphan Annie is a hardcover book series collecting the complete output of the American comic strip, Little Orphan Annie, written and drawn by Harold Gray from the strip's debut in 1924 to Gray's death in 1968.[1] The newspaper comic strip title as a whole was published uninterrupted during 86 years straight (1924–2010) under the Tribune Media Services syndicate.[2] A strip ranked as the most popular comics strip in its hayday according to a Fortune poll.[3] The publisher of this book series is The Library of American Comics, the series' first volume was released in June, 2008.[4]

Background[edit | edit source]

The series was first announced in March 2007, by Dean Mullaney of The Library of American Comics, with a planned release in February 2008.[5][6] After some delays the release date was pushed forward to June, 2008.[7]

This The Complete Little Orphan Annie reprint series was after The Complete Terry and the Pirates and The Complete Chester Gould's Dick Tracy, the third comic strip reprint project in order that was initiated by The Library of American Comics.[8]

Format[edit | edit source]

The hardcover[9] volumes of this series presents themself in a landscape format of 11 inches × 8.5 inches, approximately (280 mm × 216 mm), allowing three daily comic strips or one full Sunday page to be reproduced per page.[10] The strips are all chronologicly reprinted, the dailies in black-and-white and the Sunday pages reproduced in full color.[11][12] The books have sewn binding and comes with a ribbon bookmark and a dust jacket.[13] The volumes have extensive indexes over their content, to cater towards scholars. The paper quality is a matte and heavy stock.[14] Editing and design for the books was done by Dean Mullaney.[7] [15]

Biografical essays about the author, Harold Gray, written by the comics scholar, Jeet Heer[16][17], which did his doctoral thesis on the very subject of The Little Orphan Annie comic strip.[18] Essays by other comic industry experts also appear.[19] The comic strips have been scanned from original artwork and syndicate proofs of the Harold Gray Archives at Boston University.[20] Extras such as photographs, old strips, reproductions of playbills and period memorabilia tied to the comic strip are included in all volumes.[13]

The first three books of the series had the MSRP of $39.99 per tome, the price of the later volumes was raised to the MSRP of $49.99 each.[18]

Volumes[edit | edit source]

Volume Release date Title Period Page count ISBN
1 2008-06-24 “Little Orphan Annie: The Complete Daily Comics - Vol. 1 - Will Tomorrow Ever Come?” 1924–1927 384 978-1-60010-140-3
2 2009-01-20 “Little Orphan Annie: The Complete Daily Comics - Vol. 2 - The Darkest Hour is Just Before Dawn" 1927–1929 320 978-1-60010-197-7
3 2009-05-26 “Little Orphan Annie: The Complete Dailies & Color Sundays - Vol. 3 - And a Blind Man Shall Lead Them” 1929–1931 348 978-1-60010-406-0
4 2009-12-29 “Little Orphan Annie: The Complete Dailies & Color Sundays - Vol. 4 - A House Divided (or Will Fate Trick Trixie?)” 1932–1933 276 978-1-60010-445-9
5 2010-06-08 “Little Orphan Annie: The Complete Dailies & Color Sundays - Vol. 5 - The One-Way Road to Justice” 1933–1935 280 978-1-60010-580-7
6 2011-01-18 “Little Orphan Annie: The Complete Dailies & Color Sundays - Vol. 6 - Punjab the Wizard” 1935–1936 276 978-1-60010-792-4
7 2011-08-30 “Little Orphan Annie: The Complete Dailies & Color Sundays - Vol. 7 - The Omnipotent Mr. Am!” 1936–1938 276 978-1-60010-995-9
8 2012-06-19 “Little Orphan Annie: The Complete Dailies & Color Sundays - Vol. 8 - The Last Port of Call” 1938–1940 296 978-1-61377-199-0
9 2013-06-25 “Little Orphan Annie: The Complete Dailies & Color Sundays - Vol. 9 - Saints and Cynics” 1940–1941 296 978-1-61377-575-2
10 2014-06-10 “Little Orphan Annie: The Complete Dailies & Color Sundays - Vol. 10 - The Junior Commandos” 1941–1943 296 978-1-61377-951-4
11 2015-05-05 “Little Orphan Annie: The Complete Dailies & Color Sundays - Vol. 11 - Death Be Thy Name” 1943–1945 288 978-1-63140-223-4
12 2016-01-12 “Little Orphan Annie: The Complete Dailies & Color Sundays - Vol. 12 - It's Only a Paper Moon” 1945–1947 296 978-1-63140-461-0
13 2016-11-15 “Little Orphan Annie: The Complete Dailies & Color Sundays - Vol. 13 - Spies and Counterspies” 1947–1948 296 978-1-63140-736-9
14 2017-10-31 “Little Orphan Annie: The Complete Dailies & Color Sundays - Vol. 14 - Sunshine and Shadow” 1948–1950 272 978-1-63140-977-6
15 2018-11-27 “Little Orphan Annie: The Complete Dailies & Color Sundays - Vol. 15 - Open Season for Trouble” 1950–1951 276 978-1-68405-351-3
16 2019-11-12 “Little Orphan Annie: The Complete Dailies & Color Sundays - Vol. 16 - Here Today, Gone Tomorrow” 1951–1953 280 978-1-68405-558-6

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Harvey, R. C. (May 20, 2013). "The Orphan's Epic". The Comics Journal. Retrieved April 23, 2019.
  2. "Sun sets on Little Orphan Annie comic strip". BBC News. June 14, 2010. Retrieved April 23, 2019.
  3. http://cinemasentries.com/review/book-review-little-orphan-annie-volume-ten-the-junior-commandos-by-harold-gray/ Retrieved 2019-05-05
  4. "The Complete "Little Orphan Annie" by Harold Gray Begins from IDW". CBR.com. July 2, 2007. Retrieved April 23, 2019.
  5. "Little Orphan Annie reprint details". The Beat. April 2, 2007. Retrieved April 23, 2019.
  6. https://www.comicsbeat.com/little-orphan-annie-finds-home-at-idw/ Retrieved 2019-08-15
  7. 7.0 7.1 Gardner, Alan (June 4, 2008). "Little Orphan Annie collection due out this month". The Daily Cartoonist. Retrieved April 23, 2019.
  8. "IDW to Publish 'Little Orphan Annie'". ICv2. March 20, 2007. Retrieved April 23, 2019.
  9. http://cinemasentries.com/review/book-review-little-orphan-annie-vol-14-sunshine-and-shadow/ Retrieved 2019-05-05
  10. http://www.tcj.com/magic-is-bunk-ocourse-still-whaddyuh-know-the-curious-pull-of-harold-grays-little-orphan-annie/ Retrieved 2019-08-15
  11. "About the Book: The Complete Little Orphan Annie Series". Kids Reads. Retrieved April 23, 2019.
  12. https://ebabble.net/the-complete-little-orphan-annie-volume-two-1927-1929/ Retrieved 2019-07-23
  13. 13.0 13.1 Kan, Kat. "Little Orphan Annie Vol. One: Will Tomorrow Ever Come?: Daily Comic Strips 1924-1927". Diamond Bookshelf. Retrieved April 23, 2019.
  14. https://www.comicbookdaily.com/collecting-community/bound-together/review-the-complete-little-orphan-annie-volume-one-1924-1927/#lightbox-gallery-IC3UkwnF/8/ Retrieved 2019-05-05
  15. https://ebabble.net/the-complete-little-orphan-annie-volume-three-1929-1931/ Retrieved 2019-08-17
  16. http://www.comicsreporter.com/index.php/cr_holiday_interview_2_jeet_heer_on_little_orphan_annie/ Retrieved 2019-05-05
  17. https://reason.com/2009/05/08/yesterday-is-tomorrow/ Retrieved 2019-05-12
  18. 18.0 18.1 Taube, Michael (May 6, 2011). "Book Review: 'Complete Little Orphan Annie'". The Washington Times. Retrieved April 23, 2019.
  19. https://publishing.sfu.ca/2013/08/the-golden-age-of-reprints-an-analysis-of-classic-comics-in-a-contemporary-industry/ Retrieved 2019-05-12
  20. "IDW's "The Complete Little Orphan Annie" in stores this June". CBR.com. May 28, 2008. Retrieved April 23, 2019.

External links[edit | edit source]

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