The best collection of Harold Gray's classic adventure comic strip. Great reading. My favorite comic strip of all time.
From the publisher:
A chronological reprinting of one of the most important comic strips of the 20th Century: a cultural icon--in both her red-headed, blank-eyed appearance, and as the embodiment of American individuality, spunk, and self-reliance.
Annie might feel as if she's between hammer and anvil, but those are about the only menaces she avoids during the early 1950s! In less than two years of stories, the little orphan gets run over by a car, shot with a pistol, whacked with a bludgeon, firebombed in her bed, shoved in a gunny sack, caught in a tornado, flung overboard in a raging storm, and thrown alive into an underground cemetery vault. Meanwhile, "Daddy" Warbucks, Punjab, and the Asp are a thousand miles away, with no clue to the whereabouts of America's spunkiest kid.
"Here Today, Gone Tomorrow" reprints all daily and color Sunday strips from October 29, 1951 through July 5, 1953. Included are five stories replete with greed and murder, atomic boats, blackmailers, poisoners, and deadly mutineers--yet also filled with good Samaritans and friendship from the most unexpected quarter, while also posing the question: can romance survive in a town called Futility?
Over 600 sequential strips
Three daily strips or one Sunday per page
Sunday pages reproduced in full color
Printed on a heavy matte paper stock
The comic strips have been scanned from original artwork and syndicate proofs of the Harold Gray Archives at Boston University
Extensive essays about LOA-related subjects by Jeet Heer and other comics experts in each volume
Edited and designed by Eisner-Award winner Dean Mullaney
"Check out The Complete Little Orphan Annie by Harold Gray. The blank-eyed orphan was far grittier and moving than the saccharine Annie you know from the damn musical. [It] started in 1924 in a world chillingly like ours: crawling with cake-eaters, greedy bankers and international con men who exploit the hardscrabble working stiffs Annie hangs with when her "Daddy" isn't around to protect her. The cartoonist, a tightlipped Midwestern Dickens, pushes the virtues of honesty, pluck, and hard work in adventures that can melt the heart of even hard-boiled cynics like I pretend to be." -- Art Spiegelman