No more 'Annie' comic strip. Punjab, help!

Help me, Punjab, help! My favorite-for-obvious-reasons comic strip Annie is ending after 85 years — the last installment will run Sunday, June 13. Originally created by Harold Gray as Little Orphan Annie, the strip inspired 1930s radio program Adventure Time with Orphan Annie, a 1977 Broadway musical, several movies, and my overall sense of self-importance.

According to the AP, “the strip’s last panel is a cliffhanger, showing Annie caught in a tangle with the Butcher from the Balkans. Daddy Warbucks is left to mourn her loss.” So he’s not sure she’s really gone…just like Annie was re: her birth parents! Total role reversal! All he has left of his little girl is half a locket, some tap shoes, and her flowered bathing cap/little yellow bathing suit that he said he liked. Fine, I’ve only seen the movie. And I’ve just made Daddy Warbucks sound like a pedophile. Annie deserves better than this. Annie is sorry.

Will you miss Annie? Also, what’s a “newspaper”?

Annie on Twitter: @EWAnnieBarrett

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  • Bobby’s Robot

    Most younger people probably only know about the strip from the radio show decoder ring subplot of A Christmas Story. Drink your Ovaltine!

  • Annie

    Funny, I’ve always hated Little Orphan Annie BECAUSE I share her name. That and that darn song everybody sang to me at least once (we have that here in Quebec, I don’t know that it made it to the rest of the world) “Ani couni chaouani” (it’s a Iroquois traditional prayer according to wikipedia).

    I’m guessing most people have those things they hate using their name, but those are the two I hate the most.

  • Ken

    I will be 35 years old next month and in my lifetime, I have never seen the Annie comic strip in any newspaper. I didn’t even know htere was still an Annie comic strip!

    • nancy

      i’m with you baby

  • Miss Hannigan

    The sun will come out tomorrow. Bet you bottom dollar that tomorrow there’ll be sun.

  • Tonic

    Watch out…there are going to be boycotts and riots galore all over due to this cancellation.

  • Shamus N.

    Shouldn’t they at least finish the current storyline before they cancel it? You would think a strip that lasted 85 years would get a decent send-off! But Law and Order isn’t getting one either…

  • Josh

    I’m with the others who didn’t know they still ran the Annie comic strip.

  • hauksdottir

    Don’t fret. Some things will remain with us forever. The image of Daddy WARBUCKS with a big grin and a diamond stickpin will last as long as wars are waged for profit.

  • Phillip Schearer

    The original “Little Orphan Annie” had some of the greatest story-telling ever, and the revived “Annie” upheld the tradition. I wish the owners of long-running franchises, whether on TV or in the comics, would at least have enough respect for their fans to bring their run to a satisfying end.

  • Marti Switzler

    Our paper has the Annie strip, only it’s not in the main comic section; it’s under the title “Classic Comics” with Judge Parker, Beetle Bailey and one other–on the first page of the classifieds. I like her new stories. I too think there should be a conclusion.

  • Clare Quilty

    Most of the comics will go this way. With irony and humor because they’ve all outlived the people who care about them.

  • janet rose

    the name Punjab came into my head in the middle of the night. Where in the world did that come from? I am 75 years old. I loved both ANNIES. I didn’t know the strip was political. Pulled PUNJAB on the computer and found SO much information. Sure wish I could go back to see Annie.

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