Created by Harold Gray, the comic strip Little Orphan Annie debuted in 1924 -- and quickly led to a wave of media spin-offs and a slew of imitators. By the 1930s, the little girl and her faithful dog, Sandy, were facing gangsters and spies.
According to Don Markstein's Toonopedia, following Gray's death in 1968 several cartoonists followed on the strip, "but only he was capable of dishing up that peculiar mix of schmaltz and simple pragmatism without lapsing into self-parody." For much of the 1970s, the syndicate simply re-ran old strips from Gray. However, Annie's success on Broadway renewed interest in the strip, and it was put in the hands of Leonard Starr (Mary Perkins, On Stage). Starr retooled the strip during his 20-year run. Upon his retirement in 2000, new writer/artist team Jay Maeder and Andrew Pepoy gave Annie a complete makeover. Today, Maeder and artist Ted Slampyak continue Annie's adventures into the 21st Century.
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