Little Orphan AnnieLittle Orphan Annie debuted on August 5, 1924 in but a single newspaper. Over the next 44 years. Annie became a cultural icon — in both her red-headed, blank-eyed appearance, and as the embodiment of American individuality, spunk, and self-reliance. Even those who’s never read the comic strip are keenly aware of the plucky orphan, her loveable mutt Sandy, and her adoptive benefactor Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks — through the Broadway play, the hit movie, and the song “Tomorrow” made famous by both.

    Little Orphan Annie Vol. 1: 1924-1927

    Will Tomorrow Ever Come?
    by Harold Gray

    Edited & Designed by Dean Mullaney, Essay by Jeet Heer.

    It's through the trials and tribulations of these first three years that Annie emerges as the kid with a heart of gold and a quick left hook. In these stories, we meet the poor little orphan, see her rescue Sandy from torture by a gang of bullies, and encounter her once and future "Daddy" — billionaire Oliver Warbucks.

    Oversized 11" x 8.5" hardcover-with-dustjacket, 384 pp. with index, $39.99.
    ISBN: 978-1-60010-140-3.

    Little Orphan Annie Vol. 2: 1927-1929

    The Darkest Hour Is Just Before Dawn
    by Harold Gray

    Edited & Designed by Dean Mullaney, Essay by Jeet Heer.

    America's spunkiest kid stands for fair play as she gives the scoundrels and rats their just desserts! Little Orphan Annie-the original female comics hero-takes on chiseling business men and a gang of thieves, armed only with her sharp wit and mean left hook. Then she helps her surrogate parents by nursing "Daddy" Warbucks to health and helping save the Silos' family farm.

    Oversized 11" x 8.5" hardcover-with-dustjacket, 320 pp. with index, $39.99.
    ISBN: 978-1-60010-197-7.

    Little Orphan Annie Vol. 3: 1929-1931

    And a Blind Man Shall Lead Them
    by Harold Gray
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    Edited & Designed by Dean Mullaney, Essay by Jeet Heer
    Introduction by Bruce Canwell.

    Now with Sundays in color for the first time in more than 75 years. The action never stops as Annie gets shipwrecked with Spike Marlin. Then the Depression and rival businessmen wreck "Daddy" Warbucks's empire, leaving him broke and ruined. Annie gets a job, while "Daddy" finds work as a truck driver. But a near fatal accident leaves him...well, we don't want to give away the plot! Let's just say that with Flop-House Bill at his side, "Daddy" tries to claw his way back to the top!

    Oversized 11" x 8.5" full-color hardcover-with-dustjacket, 348 pp. with index,
    $39.99. ISBN: 978-1-60010-406-0.

    Little Orphan Annie Vol. 4: 1932-1933

    A House Divided (or Will Fate Trick Trixie?)
    by Harold Gray

    Edited & Designed by Dean Mullaney, Essay by Jeet Heer

    "Daddy" Warbucks takes a new wife, Annie's in the clutches of the Sisters of Suppression, and the spunkiest kid in America is destined for adventures in Cosmic City. Containing every daily and Sunday strip from January, 1932 through July, 1933, with the dailies printed directly from Harold Gary's original artwork.

    Oversized 11" x 8.5" full color hardcover-with-dustjacket, 276 pp. with index,
    $49.99. ISBN: 978-1-60010-445-9.

    Little Orphan Annie Vol. 5: 1933-1935

    The One-Way Road to Justice
    by Harold Gray

    Edited & Designed by Dean Mullaney, Essay by Jeet Heer.

    Together with the blind fiddler, "Uncle" Dan, Annie square off against the Chizzler, then embarks on her first novel-length adventure. In a story lasting nearly a full year, Annie's supposed "real" parents-Boris and Libby Bleek, leaders of the criminal Ghost Gang-gain legal custody of her, while "Daddy" Warbucks is hounded into jail by the unscrupulous politician, Phil O. Bluster. "The One-Way "Road to Justice" leaves a penniless Annie and "Daddy" and on the bum amidst the Great Depression. Containing every daily and color Sunday strip from July 1933 through February 1935, with the dailies printed directly from Harold Gary's original artwork. 

    Oversized 11" x 8.5" full-color hardcover-with-dustjacket, 280 pp with index,
    $49.99. ISBN: 978-1-60010-580-7.

    Little Orphan Annie Vol. 6: 1935-1936

    Punjab the Wizard
    by Harold Gray

    Edited & Designed by Dean Mullaney, Essay by Jeet Heer

    Introducing one of the strip's most beloved characters, the mysterious Punjab the Wizard, and including one of the most famous Little Orphan Annie stories of all—that of the brilliant Eli Eon, who invents a material that never wears out and promises to make the world a better place for everyone. Unfortunately, for both Eli and the world, evil forces are determined to steal his formula and use it for their own purposes. The only ones in their way are Annie, "Daddy" Warbucks, and their new ally, the indomitable Punjab! Includes all dailies and color Sundays from February 1, 1935 through September 30, 1936.

    Oversized 11" x 8.5" full color hardcover-with-dustjacket, 276 pp. with index,
    $49.99. ISBN: 978-1-60010-792-4.

    Little Orphan Annie Vol. 7: 1936-1938

    The Omnipotent Mr. Am
    by Harold Gray

    Edited & Designed by Dean Mullaney, Essay by Jeet Heer

    Introducing two of the strip's most incredible characters: The Asp—who has sometimes been likened to the Grim Reaper, and Mr. Am—who has been said might be a representation of the Almighty. Harold Gray is at the top of his game as he also presents the frightening villain Boris Sirob, who actually kills both "Daddy" Warbucks and The Asp. "Daddy" dead? Wait until you read this one! Includes all dailies and color Sundays from October 1, 1936 through June 8, 1938.

    Oversized 11" x 8.5" full color hardcover-with-dustjacket, 276 pp. with index,
    $49.99. ISBN: 978-1-60010-995-9.

    New Release

    Little Orphan Annie Vol. 10: 1941-1943

    The Junior Commandos
    by Harold Gray

    Edited & Designed by Dean Mullaney, Essay by Jeet Heer

    America's spunkiest kid is hospitalized after a car crash, has to fight off a dope pushing doctor, meets "Crazy Kate" (who's not all that crazy!) and helps the bearded old man named Zaney keep his secret formula out of Nazi hands. When America enters the Second World War, Annie protects the home front by forming the Junior Commandos, a group that inspired tens of thousands of real life children to collect newspapers, scrap metal,and other items needed for the war effort. The fictional "Colonel Annie," meanwhile, finds herself face to face with fifth columnists and a Nazi submarine! Daddy Warbucks, true to his name, is back making munitions and leads a mysterious army overseas. And that's just for starters…in Volume Ten of The Complete Little Orphan Annie. Including dailies and Sundays from November 24, 1941 through August 7, 1943

    Oversized 11" x 8.5" full color hardcover-with-dustjacket, 296 pp., ISBN: 978-1-61377-951-4, $49.99.

    Little Orphan Annie Vol. 8: 1938-1940

    The Last Port of Call
    by Harold Gray

    Edited & Designed by Dean Mullaney, Essay by Jeet Heer

    Jack, Ace Chance, and Shanghai Peg each play unexpected parts in the conclusion to Harold Gray’s most sophisticated story of the 1930s. Plus, Annie encounters the gangster Nick Gatt and is captured by the international criminal mastermind named Axel. Can “Daddy” save her? He brings along some heavy-duty help—Punjab, the Asp, and “Daddy’s” old pal, Wun Wey—but things don’t turn out as expected in Volume Eight of The Complete Little Orphan Annie. Contains all strips from June 9, 1938 - February 28, 1940.

    Oversized 11" x 8.5" full color hardcover-with-dustjacket, 296 pp.,
    $49.99. ISBN: 978-1-61377-199-0.

    Little Orphan Annie Vol. 9: 1940-1941

    Saints and Cynics
    by Harold Gray

    Edited & Designed by Dean Mullaney, Essay by Jeet Heer

    Axel's back and this time he's not taking any chances! Meanwhile, the lives of gangster Nick Gatt and crusading District Attorney John Tecum become inextricably linked. Plus, Annie crosses paths with the selfish movie star Pete LaPlata, his selfless elderly parents, his discarded wife Peggy, and his neglected son Billy. It's high emotional drama leading into the return of the very much alive "Daddy" Warbucks, now converting his factories for the coming war...all in Volume Nine of The Complete Little Orphan Annie. Including dailies and Sundays from February 29, 1940 through November 23, 1941.

    Oversized 11" x 8.5" full color hardcover-with-dustjacket, 296 pp., $49.99.

Harold Gray

Born in Kankakee, Illinois in 1894, Harold Gray began his cartooning career as an assistant to Sidney Smith, creator of the famously successful strip, The Gumps. Gray wrote and illustrated Little Orphan Annie from 1924 until his death in 1968.

"Check out The Complete Little Orphan Annie by Harold Gray. The blank-eyed orphan was far grittier and moving than the saccharine Annie you know from the damn musical. [It] started in 1924 in a world chillingly like ours: crawling with cake-eaters, greedy bankers and international con men who exploit the hardscrabble working stiffs Annie hangs with when her "Daddy" isn't around to protect her. The cartoonist, a tightlipped Midwestern Dickens, pushes the virtues of honesty, pluck, and hard work in adventures that can melt the heart of even hard-boiled cynics like I pretend to be."
-Art Spiegelman, thedailybeast.com

"The Complete Little Orphan Annie has raised the bar against which such compilations will be judged. The research, the articles providing insight and context, and most importantly the glorious reproduction of the material have preserved these strips for those who knew them and offers a new gateway to adventure for those discovering them for the first time. The Sunday pages are perhaps the truest color reproductions of this sort of early work.... Reading this book is like diving into history, without the musty smell.
-Scoop

"In 1924, Gray offered Little Orphan Annie as a radical departure-a serious, often bleak drama.... This maiden volume gives us a chance to reappraise Gray, one of the most controversial cartoonists of his generation-and, via his career, American conservatism. For as modern conservatism struggles to define itself...Gray's strip about a little orphan girl in a cold, cruel world is the story of where that movement, and modern graphic literature, began."
-Ben Schwartz, Book Forum