The Press: Annie's Daddy

Ten years ago Harold Lincoln Gray was an obscure artist on the Chicago Tribune, understudying Cartoonist Sidney Smith and lettering in his comic strip "The Gumps." One day in 1924 Gray showed

Editor Joseph Medill Patterson a new comic of his own called "Little Orphan Otto." Editor Patterson, an enthusiastic expert on comics, changed Otto to Annie, started her on her way in the Tribune in August 1925. Annie was a curly-haired hoyden about 12 years old, incredibly wise, philosophical, capable, generous. In due time Cartoonist Gray lifted her from squalor by...

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