When Oliver Warbucks first sees a strange little mop-headed girl in his mansion, he
exclaims:”What th – Say – whose kid are you?”
“I’m nobody’s kid, Mr. Warbucks,” she sheepishly replies. “I’m just an orphan Mrs.
Warbucks took on trial.”
So begins one of the most endearing, enduring relationships in the history
of American comic strips-the relationship between Little Orphan Annie and “Daddy”
This sequence, which hasn’t seen print since its initial 1924 newspaper appearance, is
among the many treasures to be found in “Will Tomorrow Ever Come?”-the first volume
in The Complete Little Orphan Annie, by Harold Gray, to be published by IDW in February
The Complete Little Orphan Annieis the second series to be released under IDW’s
The Library of American Comics imprint, edited and designed byDean Mullaney.
“With Dick Tracy, Terry & the Pirates and Little Orphan Annie, IDW has the crown
jewels of the world famous New York News-Chicago Tribune comics section, making the
California-based company a major player in what has become a new golden age of comic
strip reprints,” reports ICv2.
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Volume One will contain 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. “These early stories establish Annie’s spunky character,”says
Mullaney. “It’s through the incredible trials and tribulations of these first three years that
Annie emerges as the kid with a heart of gold and a quick left hook.”
“Harold Gray’s Little Orphan Annieis one of the great American comic strips,” adds
comics historian Jeet Heer, who is writing an extensive Harold Gray biographical essay that
will run continuously through the series. “With Dickensian imagination and gusto, Gray put
his spunky orphan through a world of trouble. We should all be glad to see Annieagain in
her truest incarnation.” The text will be illustrated with rare photographs and background