Little Orphan Annie won't be singing 'Tomorrow' anymore, Tribune ends comic strip after 86 years
On NPR, Jay Maeder reflects on Little Orphan Annie and Harold Gray.
We wave goodbye to Little Orphan Annie
. Today's strip is the last. Below is a look back to earlier times. My earliest memory of listening to the radio was hearing Little Orphan Annie
. The radio series ended April 26, 1942, so that suggests to me that I was five years old when I heard it.
Orphan Annie organized her Junior Commandos to collect paper and scrap metal for the war effort, and the idea spread to schools. Every time I pulled my red wagon around the block to the collection truck, unloading newspapers, magazines and comic books, they punched my card. When I turned the card in at school, they gave me a cloth shoulder patch. I then had the official rank of Colonel.
On the 1938 Telematic Decoder, ROASS stands for Radio Orphan Annie's Secret Society.
First Little Orphan Annie Sunday page (November 2, 1924)