At least through 1926.

Gloryosky, she did a lot in 3 years! :)

This Annie became so popular, she started making a truckload of post and pre War Bucks for the Tribune and her creator, Harold Gray. Chicago elves busily churned out toys, games, radio programs, movies, music, book reprints, comics and a whole bunch more; there'd have probably been an Underoos line for children of all ages if flappers had actually worn underwear. She also spawned a bevy of comic strip imitators, who were easily bypassing copyright laws and lax orphanage security to raise h-e-double hockey sticks all over the world.

I never warmed to her, though, until Leonard Starr took over, despite the occasional presence of the mysterious and SF-ish Mister Am. Even with the magnificent super-Starr's work, it took me a few years to appreciate her because I was too busy picketing in downtown Taunton for the PTB to bring back his gorgeous Mary Perkins. Sadly no one of any consequence noticed my efforts :)

Gray's artwork was just too dark for my tastes and Annie herself always reminded me too much of Tiny Tim sans spirits, using her childish charms to thaw out rich old meanies with extra cooked geese to share. In real life, of course, she'd have fallen victim to more unsavory characters and become the prototypical hooker with a heart of gold before ending up married to Richard Gere.

Attached you'll find.a 1926 promo and an early text roundup of her adventures. This lengthy text retelling format seems to have been quite popular once. I've already posted similar "what came before" recaps that I found for BUCK ROGERS, EVERETT TRUE and others.

Enjoy. There will be more to follow soon, though I'll be taking a left turn for short visits with HG Wells, 1001 Arabian Nights, and more, before finally landing on Mary Pickford and another waif.

These will all find a home as a series of posts at my "50 Shades of Harold Gray" page, though poor Harold would probably object to where I'm heading. :) [though there's nothing there yet]