A chronological reprinting of one of the most important comic strips of the 20th Century: a cultural icon–in both her red-headed, blank-eyed appearance, and as the embodiment of American individuality, spunk, and self-reliance.
Annie might feel as if she’s between hammer and anvil, but those are about the only menaces she avoids during the early 1950s! In less than two years of stories, the little orphan gets run over by a car, shot with a pistol, whacked with a bludgeon, firebombed in her bed, shoved in a gunny sack, caught in a tornado, flung overboard in a raging storm, and thrown alive into an underground cemetery vault. Meanwhile, “Daddy” Warbucks, Punjab, and the Asp are a thousand miles away, with no clue to the whereabouts of America’s spunkiest kid.
“Here Today, Gone Tomorrow” reprints all daily and color Sunday strips from October 29, 1951 through July 5, 1953. Included are five stories replete with greed and murder, atomic boats, blackmailers, poisoners, and deadly mutineers–yet also filled with good Samaritans and friendship from the most unexpected quarter, while also posing the question: can romance survive in a town called Futility?
A chronological reprinting of one of the most important comic strips of the 20th Century. Annie is 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’ve 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.
It’s “Open Season for Trouble” as America’s spunkiest kid, “Daddy” Warbucks, and his bodyguards Punjab and The Asp battle wily Communist spies, search for a potentially game-changing mineral known as QX-7, contend with small-town cheats, and make a frightful discovery about disappearing patients at a shady rest home. The action ranges from the played-out mining town of Fiasco, where “Daddy” made his first million, to the land of the genii, where Punjab dispatches his enemies. Meanwhile, Annie and Sandy are separated, but their inevitable reunion may be a silver lining inside a very dark cloud! Volume 15 collects the daily strips and full-color Sunday pages from March 13, 1950 to October 28, 1951 in five vivid stories filled with mayhem and murder. It’s not for the faint of heart!
A chronological reprinting of one of the most important comic strips of the 20th Century. Annie is a cultural icon–in both her red-headed, blank-eyed appearance, and as an embodiment of American individuality, spunk, and self-reliance. Even those who don’t know strip are keenly aware of the plucky orphan, her loveable dog Sandy, and her adoptive benefactor, “Daddy” Warbucks, through the Broadway play, the hit movie, and the song “Tomorrow,” made famous by both.
What would you do if you found $100 million in currency, gold bullion, and sparkling gems? Annie has this enviable problem as the 1940s come to a close in Harold Gray’s epic Little Orphan Annie. America’s spunkiest kid, however, fails to heed the advice of the mysterious “witch” named Gypsy Belle, who warns of trouble and danger associated with the treasure. Soon enough, the wayward waif is evading mobsters, murderers, and…government tax collectors! Gray also dramatically responds to the anti-comic-book hysteria in this pre-Seduction of the Innocent era, as Annie and other children try to prevent the adults from burning down the library! And that’s just ONE of the four stories in the book. “Sunshine and Shadow” reprints all daily and color Sunday strips from August 19, 1948 through March 12, 1950.
In the depths of the Second World War, Harold Gray paints a dark vision of stateside America when Annie’s most loyal friends turn out to be a boarding house full of thieves, forgers, and mindreaders. The red-garbed orphan sees that petty politicians and their underworld companions can deprive a small town of freedom just as easily as can foreign spies, and that a big city can be home to a larger and even more dangerous threat to national security. To Annie’s initial joy, “Daddy” Warbucks comes home from war, but this time it’s not to be with his beloved adopted daughter, but…to die. With “Daddy” gone, Annie ends up terrorized by the wretchedly evil Mrs. Bleating-Hart, who robs Annie of her liberty in a very real and personal way. Volume 11 of The Complete Little Orphan Annie reprints all daily and Sunday strips from August 8, 1943 to April 14, 1945, in the darkest hours before the dawn.
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. This volume of The Complete Little Orphan Annie includes dailies and Sundays from November 24, 1941 through August 7, 1943.
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 9 of The Complete Little Orphan Annie. Collects dailies and Sundays from February 29, 1940 through November 23, 1941.
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.
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 introduces the mysterious Shanghai Peg and 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.
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!
Edited and designed by Eisner-Award winner Dean Mullaney, with biographical text by Jeet Heer, this volume includes all the Little Orphan Annie dailies and color Sundays from February 1, 1935 through September 30, 1936.
Together with the blind fiddler, “Uncle” Dan, Annie squares 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.
Contains every daily and color Sunday strip from July 10, 1933 through February 10, 1935, printed directly from Harold Gary’s original artwork.
Now with all the Sunday pages in full color! “A House Divided (or Does Fate Trick Trixie?)” finds “Daddy” Warbucks taking a new wife, Annie in the clutches of the Sisters of Suppression, and the spunkiest kid in America destined for adventures in Cosmic City.
Contains every daily and Sunday Little Orhan Annie strip from January, 1932 through July, 1933, printed directly from Harold Gary’s original artwork.
Now with all Sundays in color for the first time in more than 75 years! The action never stops as Annie gets shipwrecked with Spike Marlin for months on end. Then the Depression and rival businessmen wreck “Daddy” Warbucks’s empire, leaving him broke and ruined. He and Annie rent a cheap room from Maw Green, and Annie gets a job, while “Daddy” finds work as a truck driver. But a near fatal accident leaves him blind! He meets Flop-House Bill and hatches a plot to claw his way back to the top against the very same rascals who forced him to lose everything in the first place! Volume 3 in The Library of American Comics presentation of Little Orphan Annie includes every daily and Sunday from April, 1930 until the end of 1931.
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 a good left hook. Then she helps her surrogate parents by nursing “Daddy” Warbucks to health and helping save the Silos’ family farm. And only that little chatter-box could become a cross between Robinson Crusoe and Dr. Doolittle when she and Sandy are shipwrecked on a deserted island. Enjoy all the unique adventure and earnest charm of Volume Two in The Library of American Comics presentation of Little Orphan Annie, containing nearly 1,000 comic strips from October 1927 to November 1930.
Volume One of The Complete Little Orphan Annie contains more than 1,000 daily comics in nine complete stories, from the very first strip in August 1924 through October 1927. In the pages of “Will Tomorrow Ever Come?” readers will discover how Annie escapes the orphanage and is ultimately adopted by “Daddy;” how she finds that loveable mutt Sandy and rescues him from being tortured; how she meets the Silos, who become recurring characters throughout the series; how she joins the circus and first encounters Pee Wee the elephant; and how, broke and alone, she hits the road on a succession of dangerous yet spiritually uplifting adventures. This volume also includes an index, and a biographical essay by Jeet Heer. -The Library of American Comics is the world’s #1 publisher of classic newspaper comic strips, with 14 Eisner Award nominations and three wins for best book.