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Harold Gray was a terrible person. To what extent is debatable, but he was strongly against the New Deal and most forms of government assistance, and gradually developed a hatred of labor unions. Y'know the type.
The contemporary radio version of Annie owes much to this incarnation. She and Sandy moved a lot of product for their sponsor, Ovaltine. Elements of World War II crept into the strip by the end of the s.
He got his first newspaper job at a Lafayette daily in He served in World War I as a bayonet instructor. After his discharge, he was employed by the Chicago Tribune.
Thanks for this overview. This post makes me excited about what I'm going to discover. Kleon, no I haven't seen Louis Riel but if it is influenced by Gray, I will make a point of tracking it down.
Little Orphan AnnieAmerican newspaper comic strip depicting the adventures of a plucky street urchin. Little Orphan Annie enjoyed an extraordinarily long life in newspapers, on stage, and in film. Making her first appearance on Aug.
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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! 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!