In a full-page article in the print (and online) version of the Washington Times on May 6th, reviewer Michael Taube opined that LOAC’s “Complete Little Orphan Annie series is one of the most impressive comic-strip collections ever produced.”
Harold Gray’s forty-plus years writing and drawing the strip has long engendered strong praise from across the political landscape—from rave reviews such as this in the decidedly conservativeWashington Times to huzzahs from libertarians to wildly enthusiastic essays by liberals such as Art Spiegelman and me. Politics be damned, Harold Gray was a phenomenal and compelling storyteller.
In Volume Seven, to be released in August, real politics exist side by side with the fantastic. Gray offers the story of Ginger the flower lady which is a thinly-disguised rant about the Roosevelt Administration, followed by the introduction of the apparently immortal Mr. Am. It just doesn’t get much better than this!
The politics of the strip are covered by Jeet Heer in his introductory essay, and as a bonus, we look at Gray’s work on the much-neglected Little Joe.