Little Orphan Annie Bows Out, Mysteriously

Comic strips ends 85-year run 'for now'

By M. Morris,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 13, 2010 3:50 PM CDT

(Newser) – After 85 years of adventures, Little Orphan Annie made her final appearance in the funny papers today, and she left behind a cliffhanger. The last panel of the strip consists of a yellow background with black lettering reading "And this is where we leave our Annie. For now—" She won't be forgotten, and in fact, she won't even really be gone, writes comics expert Michael Cavna of the Washington Post.

Annie was living on borrowed time even before she became a casualty of the crisis in the newspaper business; toward the end, she wasn't even in 20 outlets. But musical theater guarantees she'll live on, says a rep for syndicator Tribune Media Service. "The musical refashioned the property and gave us another 30 years of original Annie in print," he explains.

This undated image provided May 26, 2010, by Tribune Media Services, shows Annie and her dog, Sandy, from an early stage of the Annie comic strip. It ran for 85 years before today's final strip.
This undated image provided May 26, 2010, by Tribune Media Services, shows Annie and her dog, Sandy, from an early stage of the "Annie" comic strip. It ran for 85 years before today's final strip.   (AP Photo/Tribune Media Services Inc.)
This undated image shows the character Annie and her dog, Sandy, from the Annie comic strip. It was drawn by Leonard Starr, who succeeded Harold Gray as cartoonist upon Gray's death in 1968.
This undated image shows the character Annie and her dog, Sandy, from the "Annie" comic strip. It was drawn by Leonard Starr, who succeeded Harold Gray as cartoonist upon Gray's death in 1968.   (AP Photo/Tribune Media Services Inc.)
This undated image provided May 26, 2010 by Tribune Media Services Inc., shows the character Annie from the Annie comic strip jumping out of a cake.
This undated image provided May 26, 2010 by Tribune Media Services Inc., shows the character Annie from the "Annie" comic strip jumping out of a cake.   (AP Photo/Tribune Media Services Inc.)
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