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    Harold Gray Little Orphan Annie Daily Comic Strip Original Art dated 8-26-24 (Chicago Tribune, 1924). The oldest known Little Orphan Annie strip ever to come to market!
    From the first month of publication, this daily actually marked exactly three weeks of Annie's adventures and plights, making this the 19th daily in the series! And as an additional rare treat... it also features the seldom seen Mrs. Warbucks! (And ain't she just a peach!)
    Original art for Annie strips from the first few years are so extremely rare because almost every existing original resides in the permanent collection of the Boston University. That makes this strip from the first month an extremely unique item and something to clamor over.
    Little Orphan Annie has been a favorite newspaper comic strip for 79 years and is still running today. Annie has been wildly popular in radio, as a Broadway musical, in feature films, and more. Licensed Little Orphan Annie products were prolific. This early example by Harold Gray, who wrote and drew the strip until 1967, has wonderful large drawings of Annie in all panels, ending with a heart-breaking, teary-eyed Annie. Titled "The Bubble-Buster", it was created in ink over graphite on Bristol board with an image area of 20" x 5.75". Signed by Gray in the last panel. The lightly toned board has pinholes in the corners. Unlike many of the other first year strips, this one has not been trimmed to the boards, thus having much of the surrounding margins still intact. In Very Good condition, and a prime example of this important piece of American pop culture.

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    February, 2019
    21st-23rd Thursday-Saturday
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