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No more tomorrows for Orphan Annie comic strip
AFP on Yahoo ^ | 6/13/10 | Louise Daly

Posted on 06/13/2010 3:23:54 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

CHICAGO (AFP) – Little Orphan Annie, the plucky redheaded star of Broadway musical and comic strip fame, has run out of tomorrows ---at least in print.

The pop culture icon who sang and danced her way to international fame in the Broadway musical that gave us tunes such as "It's The Hard-Knock Life," and "Tomorrow," ended her decades-long run as a comic strip heroine on Sunday, June 13.

Tribune Media Services, the division of media conglomerate the Tribune Company that syndicates the strip to US newspapers, is pulling the plug on the irrepressible Annie, her trusty dog Sandy and her wealthy benefactor Daddy Warbucks after 85 years.

The comic strip debuted in 1924, the brainchild of cartoonist Harold Gray who created a spunky, nine-year-old orphan with an unruly crop of red hair and saucer eyes who had the good fortune to be adopted by a wealthy entrepreneur, Daddy Warbucks.

The character bounced from one hair-raising adventure to another, battling greedy bankers, ruthless gangsters or Nazis, depending on the zeitgeist of the time.

Gray had two rules for his character. Annie could never reach a "happy ending" and she could never grow up.

The "Annie" franchise later grew to include a 1930s syndicated radio show, a 1977 Broadway musical, a 1982 movie, and a 1995 commemorative stamp.

At the height of its popularity, the strip was carried by hundreds of newspapers, but a mere 20 papers carried the cliffhanger finale in which Annie tangled with the Butcher from the Balkans in the last panel.

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Music/Entertainment; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: comicstrip; daddywarbucks; orphanannie; theend; tomorrow

1 posted on 06/13/2010 3:23:54 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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2 posted on 06/13/2010 3:26:45 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard)
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To: NormsRevenge

Leapin’ lizzards!


3 posted on 06/13/2010 3:33:04 PM PDT by Mobties
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To: NormsRevenge

Never liked it....never will...


4 posted on 06/13/2010 3:33:21 PM PDT by Sacajaweau (What)
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To: NormsRevenge

I enjoyed the movie, 1982 version I think (the one with Carol Burnette). Never got into the comic strip, or comics in general. Sounds like it just wasn’t edgy enough for this day and age. They would have to make Annie an illegal alien with drug problems and Daddy Warbucks a flaming homosexual, to succeed today. Sad really.


5 posted on 06/13/2010 3:38:29 PM PDT by apillar
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To: apillar

I can’t speak for the comic strip today, but back when Harold Gray was drawing it, it was a highly conservative comic strip.


6 posted on 06/13/2010 3:42:21 PM PDT by Publius (Unless the Constitution is followed, it is simply a piece of paper.)
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To: NormsRevenge
Now would they please drop Marmaduke, Dennis the Menace and Family Circus?
7 posted on 06/13/2010 3:46:42 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (The frog who accepts a ride from a scorpion should expect a sting and the phrase "it is my nature.")
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To: apillar

Correct. LO Annie wouldn’t survive today due to political correctness: she’s white and if daddy Warbucks be a child molester, then it would be acceptable to the libtards.


8 posted on 06/13/2010 3:46:57 PM PDT by max americana
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To: NormsRevenge

Back in high school, I read a book collecting all the Annie strips from the beginning through the 50s. Great storytelling and a conservative POV. Punjab and the Asp live!


9 posted on 06/13/2010 3:56:15 PM PDT by GodBlessRonaldReagan (And that is all the people need to know!)
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To: Publius
back when Harold Gray was drawing it, it was a highly conservative comic strip.

Despite that, the guy who turned it into a play decided to make it a celebration of FDR and liberal values. (The closing number literally compares FDR to Sanata Claus with his cabinet members as the reindeer. There is also an anti-Hoover number in the show.)

When it was made into a movie, the closing number was dropped, and a number of original Harold Gray elements (Punjab, Wild-eyed anarchists) that didn't make it into the play, made the movie more like the comic strip.

It was never a favorite strip of mine, but it represented a lot of what was the best in the era it was created and matured. Historically, comic strips are the most conservative entertainment, because people scream when changes are made in characters. Unfortunately, that is no longer so much the case, as the audience shrinks.
10 posted on 06/13/2010 3:58:41 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics)
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To: NormsRevenge
Leapin’ Lizards! No surprise it died, Tribune Media Services couldn't even get the strip printed in the Chicago Tribune. How pathetic do you have to be that you can't get the strip printed in your own paper?
11 posted on 06/13/2010 3:59:04 PM PDT by Cheburashka (Stephen Decatur: you want barrels of gunpowder as tribute, you must expect cannonballs with it.)
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To: freedumb2003
Now would they please drop Marmaduke, Dennis the Menace and Family Circus?

You just named three of the last few comic strips suitable for children. I can't let my kids see a newspaper any more because of the rest of the comic strips, including "For Better or Worse."
12 posted on 06/13/2010 4:00:22 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics)
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To: Cheburashka
No surprise it died, Tribune Media Services couldn't even get the strip printed in the Chicago Tribune.

The Trib also dropped Gasoline Alley, I believe. Is nothing sacred?
13 posted on 06/13/2010 4:01:08 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics)
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To: freedumb2003
Now would they please drop Marmaduke, Dennis the Menace and Family Circus?

Family Circus is THE only comic strip (or cartoon) that I glance at (and always enjoy) in our paper. Well, maybe Beetle Bailey once in awhile but that's it!

14 posted on 06/13/2010 4:05:14 PM PDT by Cagey
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To: Publius
The Gray strips have recently been collected as part of The Library of American Comics series by IDW Publishing. In addition to the strips in a large, well-crafted set of volumes, there are all kinds of 'extras'. Really good stuff, and yes, very conservative.

(and apparently Annie had something in common with BHO)


15 posted on 06/13/2010 4:05:14 PM PDT by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving.)
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To: freedumb2003

Can I kill Moose Miller and Cathy?


16 posted on 06/13/2010 4:10:08 PM PDT by singletrack (..................................................................)
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To: NormsRevenge

We need Daddy Warbucks running the country. };>)


17 posted on 06/13/2010 4:10:13 PM PDT by popdonnelly (Forty years of electing leftist fools to Congress have culminated in Nancy Pelosi.)
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To: LostInBayport

Bayport, as in that Massachusetts town on Barmet Bay? Home to Fenton Hardy and his kids?


18 posted on 06/13/2010 4:12:05 PM PDT by Publius (Unless the Constitution is followed, it is simply a piece of paper.)
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To: Publius

You’re the first FReeper to ever figure that one out...man, I’m impressed!


19 posted on 06/13/2010 4:15:43 PM PDT by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving.)
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To: NormsRevenge
I used to read that comic strip every day, and rush home from school to listen to the latest adventure on the radio. Little Orphan Annie, as well as Tom Mix, Buck Rogers, Jack Armstrong, and a few others. 15 minutes of each, every night.
20 posted on 06/13/2010 4:16:20 PM PDT by JoeFromSidney ( New book, RESISTANCE TO TYRANNY. More @ www.book-resistancetotyranny.com)
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To: LostInBayport
Read The Ghost of the Hardy Boys by Leslie McFarlane, the Canadian author who wrote most of the first 26 books based on outlines by Edward Stratemeyer. It's a hoot.
21 posted on 06/13/2010 4:17:52 PM PDT by Publius (Unless the Constitution is followed, it is simply a piece of paper.)
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To: freedumb2003

Garfield has run his course, too.


22 posted on 06/13/2010 4:21:32 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: singletrack

>>and Cathy<<

I knew there was another one — I DESPISE Cathy.


23 posted on 06/13/2010 5:01:13 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (The frog who accepts a ride from a scorpion should expect a sting and the phrase "it is my nature.")
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To: max americana

A modern retelling would have Daddy Warbucks as the villain, a wealthy, crazed secret leader of the ultra conservative military-industrial complex that runs America, and Annie as the heroine who fights for progressive values, like freedom, wealth distribution and universal health care.


24 posted on 06/13/2010 5:02:13 PM PDT by Hexenhammer (sic semper tyrannis)
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To: Publius

I’ve always wondered how those books came to be. I’ll hunt one down on my next shopping trip at Amazon!


25 posted on 06/13/2010 5:02:21 PM PDT by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving.)
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To: NormsRevenge
I didn't know the strip was still around. I thought it quit when Harold Gray died.

What else am I missing that's still around? Krazy Kat? Freckles and His Friends?

26 posted on 06/13/2010 5:04:53 PM PDT by Zionist Conspirator (Veyiqchu 'eleykha farah 'adummah temimah 'asher 'ein-bah mum, 'asher lo'-`alah `aleyha `ol.)
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To: NormsRevenge

“You look radiant, my dear”, said Leopold “Daddy” Kriegmarks to the nubile, yet buxom, pupil-less alien girl, as he admired her skin tight space suit and long curly blond hair; yet she had become fascinated by the jumping iguanas of this far-off planet.

— Illustrated by Frank Frazetta


27 posted on 06/13/2010 5:08:18 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Two New Episodes of 'Futurama', this June 24th, on Comedy Central)
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To: Sacajaweau

The song “Tomorrow” should be played loudly for the animals at Gitmo hour after hour.


28 posted on 06/13/2010 5:09:41 PM PDT by timeflies
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To: popdonnelly
We need Daddy Warbucks running the country. };>)

Actually, I have read that Daddy Warbucks was based on one of the Warburgs . . . one of those banking families that some conservatives insist are "secretly behind Communism."

Oh, and that reminds me, David Rockefeller turned 95 yesterday.

29 posted on 06/13/2010 5:11:33 PM PDT by Zionist Conspirator (Veyiqchu 'eleykha farah 'adummah temimah 'asher 'ein-bah mum, 'asher lo'-`alah `aleyha `ol.)
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To: singletrack
Can I kill Moose Miller and Cathy?

The Moose Miller strip is still around? Amazing!

30 posted on 06/13/2010 5:15:08 PM PDT by ScottinVA (The West needs to act NOW to aggressively treat its metastasizing islaminoma!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Arf! Needs a stimulus package to keep her day job.


31 posted on 06/13/2010 5:56:58 PM PDT by wildbill (You're just jealous because the Voices talk only to me.)
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To: Dr. Sivana
Unlike Little Orphan Annie, Gasoline Alley is still around. Walt Wallet is 110 years old and has a lot of decedents.

Gasoline Alley characters have aged in real time.


32 posted on 06/13/2010 6:30:27 PM PDT by GreenLanternCorps ("Barack Obama" is Swahili for "Jimmy Carter".)
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To: NormsRevenge

There was a time, in America, when reading was a popular diversion from everyday life. And comics were the preferred choice for millions of people. Now, reading is passe. Subsequently, comics are no longer what they were.

While not a big fan of LOA, I mourn the passing of the great comic strips - Steve Canyon, Terry and the Pirates, Lil Abner, Smiling Jack, The Phantom, Dick Tracy to name a few. We are not the better for having lost this media.


33 posted on 06/14/2010 1:22:43 AM PDT by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners)
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To: NTHockey
While not a big fan of LOA, I mourn the passing of the great comic strips - Steve Canyon, Terry and the Pirates, Lil Abner, Smiling Jack, The Phantom, Dick Tracy to name a few. We are not the better for having lost this media.

Agreed. Though Dick Tracy is still around, technically (he is now very much a liberal). As a young man, I would have been happy to marry Winnie Winkle.

Don't forget the classic "joke" strips ... Mutt and Jeff, Peanuts (now in repeats), Bring up Father (Maggie and Jiggs), Henry.
34 posted on 06/14/2010 4:51:19 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics)
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To: GreenLanternCorps

I know Gasoline Alley is still around. I think it is time for Uncle Walt to join his wife Phyllis on the other side. Maybe some of the characters mentioned inthe last two posts in addition to Phyllis can be waiting for him there. Plus, perhaps the hand of “God” (Frank King).


35 posted on 06/14/2010 4:55:15 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics)
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To: ScottinVA
The Moose Miller strip is still around? Amazing!

Afraid so, apparently he and "Tiger" have the same following.
36 posted on 06/14/2010 4:58:26 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics)
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