After Sunday’s comics section hits the streets, Little Orphan Annie will be gone after 86 years. Actual comics pages with actual Sunday Annie panels will be hard to find; fewer than 20 papers carry Annie these days.
Annie had been a powerhouse on radio and Broadway, but her appeal on the comics pages waned years ago. Even on Monday, after the strip, the cast of characters will still be property of Tribune Media, which plans to make use of Sandy, Daddy Warbucks and the rest in new media forms. An Annie app? Why not. I’m thinking of an update on the Orphan Annie secret decoder ring, a popular 1930s trinket, for tablets and smart phones.
In her future iterations, they will probably bring back her familiar tight curls and red frock. They went only so far to update Annie’s appearance. Certainly eyeballs will always be a stranger to poor Annie or she would have been granted a pair by now.
Does this signal trouble for aging strips? Watch your back, Gasoline Alley! You seem to have the same syndication network.