Kids could be found in numerous comic strips in the 1920s. Just as Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn were popular within the literary realm, so, too, were the children of "Reg'lar Fellers," "Smitty," "S'matter Pop," and "Little Folks," to name only a few popular comics of the 1920s. One comic strip that has endured the test of time is "Little Orphan Annie."
In the early 1920s, "there were forty comic strips featuring boys and only three starring girls" (Horn, 185). Thus, "Little Orphan Annie" demonstrates a shift in the comic world--from boys to girls. Born on August 5, 1924, the strip starred Little Orphan Annie, a "pathetic waif" with an "indomitable spirit" (Horn, 185). Other characters included: Annie's dog, Sandy; "Daddy" Warbucks, Annie's foster father and munitions tycoon; and, Punjab and Asp, Warbucks' loyal bodyguards and hit men. In The Comics: An Illustrated History of Comic Strip Art, Jerry Robinson makes the following case for the strip's political message:
"Little Orphan Annie" is essentially a morality play about the good and evil in the world, at least as seen by its author, Harold Gray. Gray was the first to break the unwritten law against injecting politics into a strip. A Republican conservative, he never made a secret of his personal philosophy. It was basic laissez-faire, rugged individualism, and the traditional pioneering virtues of piety, hard work, and courage. "A publisher once told me that Annie should be on the editorial page," he said. "I told him that some of the funniest stuff I ever read was in the editorials so why not put them in the comics page?...Liberals and intellectuals are guys who don't do their homework, they don't know history." Gray believed in "skinning your own skunks and not asking the government to help."

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