Smith, Bruce. The History of Little Orphan Annie. Foreword
by Worth Gatewood. New York: Ballantine, 1982. ISBN 0-345-30546-9.
Foreword by Worth Gatewood
Only an Orphan
"The Kid Looks Like a Pansy to Me"
That Little Chatterbox
"We're Doin' War Work"
"What a Girl!"
"Annie Will Be Missed"
"The Worst Idea I'd Ever Heard"
Annie: The Movie
The Story of Mr. Am
Reviews in Print:
Harvey, R. C. "A Short History of Blank Eyeballs." [review.]
Comics Journal 80 (March 1983): 34-38.
Review by Mike Rhode:
Smith, a journalist in New York, has written an engaging overview
of the careers of Harold Gray and Little Orphan Annie. The book covers
Gray's creation of Annie and shows how the early strips eventually matured
into a formulaic adventure strip. Gray's far-right attitudes and resulting
story lines are examined especially for the Depression years. Smith discusses
the merchandising of Annie including the radio show. He reviews how the
strip continued after Gray's death and became a major Broadway show and
movie. The book ends with the then-concurrant release of the movie. A short
daily strip is reprinted showcasing Mr. Am's death-defying power as well
as his willingness to own slaves. Smith's work is a very readable overview
of over 50 years of Annie's history.
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